Facebook data on more than 500 million accounts found online2021-04-05 16:26 by Daniela
Tags: Facebook, data leak
The personal data of more than 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries has been leaked and published online. That includes Facebook IDs, full names, locations, phone numbers, birth dates, and email addresses of more than 32 million people in the US.
The information appears to be several years old, but it is another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is.
"This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019. We found and fixed this issue in August 2019," Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone told CNN Saturday. Stone added, "In 2019, we removed people's ability to directly find others using their phone number across both Facebook and Instagram - a function that could be exploited using sophisticated software code, to imitate Facebook and provide a phone number to find which users it belonged to."
Facebook has been grappling with data security issues for years. In 2018, the social media giant disabled a feature that allowed users to search for one another via phone number following revelations that the political firm Cambridge Analytica had accessed information on up to 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge or consent.
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