In excess of 267 million Facebook users purportedly had their user IDs, telephone numbers and names exposed on the internet, as per a report from Comparitech and security analyst Bob Diachenko. That information was found in a database that could be accessed to without a password or some other authentication, and the specialists trust it was assembled as a component of an unlawful scraping activity or Facebook API misuse.
Dianchenko says he reported the database to the service organization dealing with the IP address of the server, however, the database was exposed for almost two weeks. Meanwhile, he says, the information was posted as a download in a hacker gathering.
That is a great deal of individual information to be coasting around in the wild, and as Comparitech notes, it could be utilized to do phishing tricks and another treachery.
“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,” a Facebook spokesperson told Engadget.
Lamentably, this is a long way from the first occasion when a large number of Facebook clients have had their information uncovered on the web. In September, a security analyst found another database with 419 million records attached to Facebook accounts. One year earlier, a hack uncovered private information having a place with 29 million clients. Third-party errors have left 540 million Facebook records uncovered, and not long ago, more than 20,000 Facebook workers had access to 600 million clients passwords. While Facebook’s future might be private, its present is clearly not.