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Info of 722 CoU FB users leaked


Published : 07 Apr 2021 08:41 PM

Personal data of at least 722 Facebook users of Comilla University, including teachers, students and staffs, has been hacked.

The leaked data includes Facebook ID numbers, profile names, phone numbers, email addresses, location information, gender details, job data, and other details.

A user in a low-level hacking forum on Saturday published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free, Business Insider first disclosed the information on Saturday, says a Reuters report. According to the report, 53 crore Facebook users’ personal information from 106 countries, including 3.8 million from Bangladesh have been disclosed in a digital platform for free.

Of them, 722 profiles of Comilla University users have been identified.

Some students of Computer Science and Technology department at University of Scholars in Dhaka provide a list of the users. To find out the IDs, they used the keywords 'Comilla University, comilla university and Comilla University (in Bengali)'.

The simple accessibility of such information may make clients more vulnerable against cybercrime, said Parth Chakraborty, head of Computer Science and Engineering department at Comilla University.

He said that there were mainly three reasons how Facebook can be hacked.

Sometimes we get a lot of links. Once we click it, our information gets into the hackers by cloning. Another is that many people set passwords in their own name or phone number. This can lead to information theft. The 3rd issue is that information can often be passed on to hackers through viruses.

Be careful about these things. Even Facebook authorities do not know users’ passwords. If we are conscious of using Facebook, our information will not go to hackers in any way, he warned.