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Over 100 coronavirus conspiracy accounts on Facebook-owned Instagram are promoting products to its audience of nearly 6 million people, identified the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The social media giant has repeatedly insisted that it is taking stringent action against health misinformation but conspiracy channels have continued to gain more popularity on the social media platforms. In just the first three months of 2022, at least 100 accounts reportedly gained nearly a million followers between them.
As per the report, the surge in the popularity of accounts that are spreading misinformation potentially puts Facebook in breach of its undertaking to the British government in November 2022 that it would work towards preventing its users from benefitting from the COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on its platform. The tracked accounts reportedly included a group of Instagrammers called Health Freedom for Humanity (HFFH) whose cofounder is a 28-year-old US army captain and Olympic-level handball player, Alec Zeck.
His account has over 85,000 followers on the Instagram page that features a range of misinformation about the novel coronavirus including a baseless claim that it has never been isolated. His account promotes HFFH along with pointing to a page on linktr.Ee, a startup that is extensively sued by Instagram users to direct users to other resources, sponsors, products for sale.
On the directed linktr.Ee page, Zeck further promotes “mind/body/spirit” site selling several products while pointing users to a website for Coseva “heavy metal detox”, selling $95 bottles of a spray that claims to cleanse the body and brain of heavy metals. The page names Kylee Zeck, Alec’s wife as the “sponsor.” As per the report, Zeck said, “Our organisation comprises people from all walks of life united in our belief that mandated medical procedures of any kind, medical coercion, or restrictions on health choice violate basic human rights.”
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The personal data of more than 500 million Facebook users were published on a low-level online hacking forum for free on Saturday, according to a recent report.
The exposed data has personal information of 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, which includes details such as phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, past locations, birth dates, and in some cases email addresses, account creation date, relationship status, bio.
At least data of over 32 million records on users in the U.S., 11 million records on users in the UK, and 6 million records on users in India are included in this leak.
The leaked data was first discovered by Alon Gal, Chief Technology Officer of cybercrime intelligence firm, Hudson Rock in January 2022. At the time, a user in the same hacking forum was selling an automated bot that could provide phone numbers for hundreds of millions of Facebook users in exchange for a price.
Back then, Gal had blown the whistle on this and had tweeted, “In early 2022 a vulnerability that enabled seeing the phone number linked to every Facebook account was exploited, creating a database containing the information 533m users across all countries. It was severely under-reported and today the database became much more worrisome.”
He had further added, “Few days ago a user created a Telegram bot allowing users to query the database for a low fee, enabling people to find the phone numbers linked to a very large portion of Facebook accounts. This obviously has a huge impact on privacy.”
Now, this very same entire database, which was previously accessible via a Telegram bot, has been posted on the hacking forum for free, allowing access to anyone with basic data skills.
“All 533,000,000 Facebook records were just leaked for free. This means that if you have a Facebook account, it is extremely likely the phone number used for that account was leaked. I have yet to see Facebook acknowledging this absolute negligence of your data,” Gal wrote in a tweet on Saturday.