Facebook database exposes millions of account phone numbers

Another day, another data related to Facebook burst.

According to TechCrunch reports, social networks may have inadvertently exposed millions of phone numbers associated with people’s Facebook accounts.

According to online publishing, the published server said, “133 million records for Facebook users based in the United States, 18 million records in the UK, and 50 TechCrunch can be accessed by anyone without password protection. Added.

Facebook issued a statement to USA TODAY saying, “This dataset is old and seems to have obtained information before making changes to remove the ability to find others using phone numbers last year. It has been deleted and there was no evidence that the Facebook account was compromised. ”

These changes were influenced by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a political advertising marketing company that worked for President Trump and diverted as part of a April 4th 2018 Facebook newsroom post. Addressed by Chief Technology Officer Mike Schrapefer. Data for 88 million Facebook users.

“To date, people have entered other people’s phone numbers or email addresses into Facebook search to make it easier to find. This is the language that many people use to enter full names, or many people have the same It was especially helpful in finding friends in the language that has the name, “wrote Schroepfer at the time. “However, a malicious attacker used these features to steal public profile information by sending a phone number or email address that he already has through search and account recovery. Given the scale and sophistication of the activity, most people on Facebook believe that they were able to scrape their public profile in this way, so we disabled this feature. ”

Facebook also believes that due to the large number of duplicates, the total number of phone numbers found online is likely to be about half of the total number reported by TechCrunch.

TechCrunch validates a large number of records in the database by matching known Facebook users’ phone numbers against listed Facebook IDs, some of which also include username, gender, and country location Showed.

Prior to being deleted, the database was discovered by security researcher Sanyam Jain and then contacted TechCrunch. Jane said she found a profile related to celebrities.

It is still unknown who scraped the data.

Facebook has been hit by a series of privacy and data scandals. In July, the company was fined $ 5 by the Federal Trade Commission for violating consumer privacy.

Updated: September 5, 2019 — 4:51 am

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