NPC probes reported Facebook data leak

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) -- The National Privacy Commission on Monday said it is currently investigating the reported large-scale data leak affecting around half a billion social media users worldwide.

In a statement, the NPC said it is validating information that 879,699 Facebook accounts of Filipino netizens have been "compromised as part of the large-scale breach affecting 533 million global users" in the popular social networking site.

Experts say the personal information of over 500 million users in 106 countries, including their phone numbers, full names, locations, email addresses, and biographical information, were posted in a hacking forum. The news website Business Insider first reported the leak.

It was also reported that the phone numbers of two senior staff members of CNN Business were included in the leaked database.

The privacy commission said it is awaiting the comment of Facebook Philippines regarding the issue.

“The NPC immediately reached out to Facebook’s Philippine Data Privacy Officer to gather more information on the matter,” the NPC said.

It also reminded users to regularly change passwords and activate two-step authentication measures for extra security.

“As we await more answers, we highly encourage Facebook users to be more cautious online. We reiterate the need for the regular changing of passwords and the activation of two-step authentication of accounts to safeguard their personal information,” the NPC said.