It has been revealed that Facebook exposed 419 million user records publicly including their phone numbers. The database are said to have been on several servers that the social media company somehow didn't secure properly.
It is reported that the databases contained over 400 million Facebook user IDs, their profiles’ phone numbers, as well as the gender listed by some accounts and their geographical locations.
Although this is not the first time that Facebook has been involved in a users related privacy scandal, this time around the revelations are shocking. The servers on which the databases were on were apparently not password protected and as a result, anyone could view the 419 million Facebook user records publicly if they knew where to look for them.
It is said that of the 419 million Facebook user records that were exposed, 133 million were of USA accounts, more than 50 million of Vietnamese users, and 18 million were of users in Britain. Facebook did confirm that millions of user records including phone numbers were exposed. However, the social media platform founded by Mark Zuckerberg said that it was not as many as 419 million but rather closer to half of that number.
“The dataset has been taken down and we have seen no evidence that Facebook accounts were compromised,” a Facebook spokesperson told AFP.Share this article via: