Facebook users’ telephone numbers for sale following data breach

You may remember the 2019 Facebook data breach where over 500 million users’ data was compromised.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has now warned that a hacker is exploiting the data that was breached. As a result, you could receive a message containing your personal information such as your phone number or password which makes it appear more genuine than other scams.

If this happens, you should be careful about interacting with the message. If you need help, contact Facebook directly rather than calling any numbers in the message. If you think you’ve been targeted by criminals, contact Action Fraud to report a crime on 0300 123 2040.

Like always, you should avoid clicking on links in emails and access sites directly via your search engine instead. Fraudulent links in emails can lead you to accidentally install viruses or malicious software.

To protect yourself, the NCSC recommends making sure you have installed the latest software updates. Turning on automatic updates may help you not to forget.

You can see their guide on how to stay safe following a data breach on their website www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/data-breaches

Remember, you can also forward suspicious messages to report@phishing.gov.uk or text it to 7726.

We’re on hand to help you and your colleagues keep your devices, personal information, and money safe from online criminals. Please get in touch at enquiries@nebrcentre.co.uk for free support with protecting yourself and your business.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) are working together to support the establishment of Regional Cyber Resilience Centres (CRCs). The CRCs represent a significant opportunity for the NCSC to expand the reach of its guidance and services to smaller organisations across the country, and provide an extra level of practical support to enhance their impact. The NCSC is currently assisting the NPCC in determining the suite of cyber security services that the CRCs will be able to offer.