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Data theft from Facebook. Here is what ended up online of Italian users

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Worse than us only Egypt. In the Facebook data theft discovered in February that affected 533 million users, now an analysis by the British Surfshark goes into detail having searched the database and establishes the ranking of the countries most affected. Ours is in second place with the confirmation of 35.6 million interested people, after Egypt with 45 million and before the United States with 32.3 million.

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Relevant numbers considering that according to Audiweb, the people who frequent the Net are about 43 million and those who have a profile on Facebook are about 35 million. So, almost everyone’s data ended up on the Web. “We are absolutely certain of these numbers”, confirm from Surfshark. “Unfortunately in certain countries such as Egypt and Italy the theft has affected everyone”.

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From the 35,677,337 Italian accounts 218 million data points were extracted, which means that hackers, on average, have appropriated at least six different types of information for each user. “Although the biggest concern is with email addresses, this is not the aspect that should be alarming,” they continue from Great Britain. “Only 1.23% of the Italian profiles were exposed to the e-mail address, as opposed to the telephone numbers and the Facebook ID which were stolen at three hundred and sixty degrees”. Together with almost all the name and surname (99%), gender (94%), place of residence (54%) and, for a minority, employer (32%) and date of birth (2.6%).

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And so in theory you could now match names and phone numbers with other sensitive information such as your location or occupation or what relationship status you are in. Then exploiting this information for “phishing” via sms messages: scams operated by people who may try to impersonate the official call centers of companies and services to which one is registered to steal money.

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Globally, the theft generated 2.8 billion data points out of the 533 million accounts affected. 89.01% of users also had phone numbers, position in 60.58% and employer name in 18.30%. Averages therefore lower than the Italian ones. After all, the top ten countries make up 50% of all cases of violation and Italy, as we said at the beginning, would be at the top of the ranking.


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