Confidential data of 500 million Facebook users lying around in the public domain
According to Business Insider, databases containing personal information from 500 million Facebook accounts have been found on at least one of the hacker sites.
In 2018 and 2019, similar datasets were found by the political firm Cambridge Analytica and a Ukrainian security researcher, reports The Epoch Times.
“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,” says the article. “In December 2019, a Ukrainian security researcher reported finding a database with the names, phone numbers, and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users—nearly all U.S.-based—on the open internet.”
And although Facebook claims that this is outdated data, nevertheless, the database has doubled in the past two years. It also points to huge privacy issues on Facebook.
According to Business Insider publication, it has information from 106 countries, including phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, and email addresses.
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