For years, Facebook has been hosting stolen identities such as address, social security numbers, date of births, as well as credit card numbers. As reported by Motherboard, much of the information could be easily found by a simple Google search, and cybercriminals have been advertising those stolen data on the social platform.
At least some of the information appeared to be real. Motherboard confirmed that it could confirm the first four digits of the social security numbers, names, address, as well as the date of birth of four people whose information appears in a post from July 2014.
The news site reached out to Facebook for comments on Monday, including a sample of Google search to clarify the problem. A spokesperson said they’d look into it and the social media removed some of the flagged Google search samples.
We are happy that Facebook is now taking action, but we would be happier if the social media had acted on those issues before someone told them to do so.
In an online chat with Motherboard, digital security trainer Matt Mitchell said, “on their end it’s pure laziness to wait for an abuse report to stop post that are following a doxing template.”
After the publication, a Facebook spokesperson sent the following statement to Motherboard, saying that:
“We work hard to keep your account secure and safeguard your personal information. Posts containing information like Social Security numbers or credit card information are not allowed on Facebook, and we remove this material when we become aware of it. We are constantly working to improve these efforts, and we encourage our community to report anything they see that they don’t think should be in Facebook, so we can take swift action.”
I think it’s high time for Facebook to work harder as people have already become pissed off with the social media when it comes to data security. The company is already being sued by Martin Lewis, a well-known financial journalist for defamation. And, under this circumstances, I think it’s a perfect time to look for an alternative to Facebook.