A security researcher has discovered an unsecured Facebook database which exposed 267 million users’ personal information online…
Comparitech and security researcher Bob Diachenko have uncovered an unsecured database that contained 267 million Facebook users’ data. The exposed information included user IDs, phone numbers, and names. The majority of those compromised were US-based.
Exposed Facebook Database Leaks 267 Million Users’ Personal Information
An unsecured Facebook database that exposed the information of 267 million users, was left out in the open for a period of nearly two weeks, starting on December 4th. However, it is now unavailable but not before the data was allegedly shared as a downloadable file on a hacker forum.
According to Diachenko, who examined the evidence, the data likely came from “an illegal scraping operation or Facebook API abuse by criminals in Vietnam.”
Although this isn’t a large amount of data in context, it does leave those affected open to phishing attacks, scam campaigns, and identity fraud.
A Facebook spokesperson tells Engadget:
“We are looking into this issue, but believe this is likely information obtained before changes we made in the past few years to better protect people’s information.”