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Data of over 1.5 billion Facebook users being sold on dark web

As Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users worldwide struggled with a massive outage late Monday, it was reported that the personal information of over 1.5 billion users is being sold on the dark web.

Screenshots found on Twitter show an alleged posting for the sale of personal data of 1.5 billion Facebook users on the dark web, which can only be reached by a special tool known as Tor and is not indexed by surface web search engines such as Google.

The screenshots supposedly taken from a popular dark web forum show a post on the forum that says a database holding more than 1.5 billion users’ information is for sale.

The database was “scraped this year and emails and phone numbers are included as well,” the post also reads.

A screenshot allegedly showing a post on the dark web for the sale of over 1.5 billion Facebook users' data.
A screenshot allegedly showing a post on the dark web for the sale of over 1.5 billion Facebook users’ data.

Another popular post on social media was another screenshot, this time showing that the domain for Facebook is apparently on sale.

A “whois” check on domaintools.com shows that “facebook.com” was indeed, put up for sale.

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