Hannibal, the name used by the hacker, posted login emails and their corresponding passwords for Facebook and posted the content on Pastebin, threatening to publish over 30 million Arab Facebook login information on a regular basis.
“State of Israel, not to worry, you’re in the hands of the world’s best hacker that I am. I will continue to support the government of Israel will continue to attack the Arab countries,” said Hannibal on Pastebin.
The hacker also claimed of having 10 million bank accounts and four million credit card details that he will publish if Israel continues to receive threats from Iran.
“Unfortunately today I received an email from Mohammad Reza Rahimi [an Iranian politician] who threatens that would raise most of his men to find me and kill me. I assure you Mr. Fool, you can keep looking as you want, you will not find me even if you have a staff of 1,000 people who search for and carry out search for information about me,” said the hacker’s recent post.
The INQUIRER was able to interview Facebook on the matter and the world’s largest social network gave out the following statement.
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“This does not represent a hack of Facebook or anyone’s Facebook profiles. We have spent time investigating the information and have determined less than a third of the credentials were valid and almost half weren’t associated with Facebook accounts,” said a Facebook representative.
“Additionally, we have built robust internal systems that validate every single login to our site, regardless if the password is correct or not, to check for malicious activity. By analysing every single login to the site we have added a layer of security that protects our users from threats both known and unknown. Beyond our engineering teams that build tools to block malicious activity, we also have a dedicated enforcement team that seeks to identify those responsible for threats and works with our legal team to ensure appropriate consequences follow.”