Zuckerberg Outed: Americans Discover Personal Details About Facebook’s CEO He Was Desperate to Keep Quiet
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was the victim of what appears to be a personal data hack just days ago.
The social media giantâs founder and chief executive has been a polarizing figure in recent years as contention over the effects that his decisions have had on the election system, have only gained momentum.
According toÂ Business Insider, Zuckerberg had his information exposed in an information hack that affected around 500 million users.
âTheÂ cellphone number of Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergÂ is among the personal information leaked online in a low-level hacking forum, according to a researcher,â BI reported.
âMultiple outlets reported the claims about Zuckerbergâs leaked personal information. Data including his name, location, marriage details, birth date, and Facebook user ID was exposed.â
According to Cybersecurity researcher Dave Walker, the CEO isnât the only high-profile name affected. Facebook cofounders Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz, were reportedly among the 533 million users who had personal data posted on the forum.
âRegarding theÂ #FacebookLeak, of the 533M people in the leak â the irony is that Mark Zuckerberg is regrettably included in the leak as well,â Walker tweeted.
In response to BIâs request for comment a Facebook spokesperson said on Sunday, âThis is old data that was previously reported on in 2019. We found and fixed this issue in August 2019.â
What the spokesperson pointedly avoided tackling was whether the contact information for their captain of industry was current.
Whether or not the social media giant has actually âfixedâ the issue or not, the fact that the information was put out into the World Wide Web means that it is now much easier for anyone with even the most basic data-gathering skills to be able to access it.
This isnât Facebookâs first go-round with privacy breaches though. Previously, and possibly the most publicized breach, was the Cambridge Analytica data security failure where more thanÂ 87 million Facebook usersÂ were improperly obtained by the political data analytics firm.
In addition to the $5 billion fine they received from the Federal Trade Commission as part of their recompense for the information mishandling, the group promised to clamp down on potential problems, saying it would take action to stem the flow of abuse of power in aÂ 2018 statement:
âProtecting peopleâs information is the most important thing we do at Facebook.Â What happenedÂ with Cambridge Analytica was a breach of Facebookâs trust. More importantly, it was a breach of the trust people place in Facebook to protect their data when they share it. As Mark Zuckerberg explained inÂ his post, we are announcing some important steps for the future of our platform.
These steps involve taking action on potential past abuse and putting stronger protections in place to prevent future abuse.â
The company then outlined an ambitious plan to make sure that the information coming into the platform was not going to be accessed by every Tom Dick and Harry with a laptop, and went on to say:
âEven with these changes, weâve seen abuse of our platform and the misuse of peopleâs data, and we know we need to do more. We have a responsibility to everyone who uses Facebook to make sure their privacy is protected. Thatâs why weâre making changes to prevent abuse.â
Facebookâs undeniable worldwide power is not something that should be taken lightly. Not only has Zuckerbergâs company grown to be aÂ monster worth an estimated $850 billion, but hisÂ personal worth has balloonedÂ to a tidy sum of more than $100 billion (thatâs with a B). Essentially, heâs worth about 60 times what former President Donald Trump is, and he seems to only be getting more powerful.