BTK requested information from Facebook


Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Ömer Fatih Sayan said, “Activate two-step verification. Many channels also have an SMS option with a password. So even if your password is compromised, your account will be safe.” used the expression.

The Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) requested a statement from Facebook regarding approximately 20 million Turkish users whose private information was allegedly stolen from phone numbers to e-mail addresses, from date of birth to location.

Institution officials took action after the news that “the data of 533 million users on Facebook was shared free of charge on a hacker platform”

Requesting information from Facebook officials on the issue, BTK sent an official letter on April 4, demanding that the information on Turkish citizens affected by the situation and the measures taken be notified as soon as possible.

In the news of the “Business Insider” website, it was alleged that the phone numbers and personal data of 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries were shared online free of charge on a hacker platform.

Published personal information from the United States of more than 32 million, from Turkey of about 20 million, 11 million of the United Kingdom, the news is said to be the India of 6 million phone numbers include the said information, location information, date of birth, electronic mail information was reported.

Security experts warned that the data could be fraudulently used by hackers.

“Use a hard-to-guess password”

Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Ömer Fatih Sayan stated in his post on his Twitter account that in order to ensure data security, users should change their passwords, even if they are not among those whose information was obtained.

Warning against phishing attacks, Sayan said that it is important to be cautious about the links in the e-mails or telephone numbers in the messages, and the harmful content in the e-mail after data breaches.

Underlining that difficult to guess passwords should be used, Sayan warned that the date of birth, the names of close people, the last digit of the phone, consecutive numbers, and consecutive keys on the keyboard should not be used in passwords.

Emphasizing that it is important not to prefer similar or identical passwords in different social media, Sayan said:

“In this way, if there is a security breach on a platform, your other accounts will not be affected. Do not subscribe to social media platforms with corporate e-mail addresses. Activate two-step verification. Many channels also have an SMS option, so even if your password is compromised, your account will be safe.