Over 419 million Facebook users' phone numbers exposed online2019-09-05 17:24 by Daniela
Phone numbers linked to the Facebook accounts of hundreds of millions of users have been found online on an insecure server in the latest privacy gaffe for the social media giant.
It's important to note that Facebook itself has not been hacked. Rather, the databases contained scraped information about Facebook users when Facebook still allowed developers access to user's phone numbers, which it revoked in 2018. The company said it was investigating who had compiled the database and left it online unprotected.
Among the databases were records of 133 million U.S.-based Facebook users, 18 million U.K.-based users, and one with 50 million records on users in Vietnam. Each record in the databases contains a Facebook user's unique ID and the phone number listed on the account. Some of the records also contain the user's name, gender, and country location.
Facebook already has come under considerable fire over privacy concerns and its indiscriminate ways of collecting data from its roughly 2.4 billion users worldwide. The company's historical lack of data protection and various ways to monetize user data in particular have drawn criticism from security experts.
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