Unsecured Facebook Server Leaks Data Of 419 Million Users
Facebook has exposed the phone numbers of 419 million users via an unsecured server, a security researcher has discovered. The massive leak affects 133 million users from the US, 50 million from Vietnam and 18 million from the UK. The leaked data also includes the unique Facebook account ID that the numbers are linked to. For some accounts, the name, gender and country of the user was also exposed.
Facebook claims that the number of disclosed records is far lower, namely about 210 million, due to the presence of duplicates in the database. However, the journalist who broke the story for TechCrunch said that he found little evidence of duplicate records and argued that “Facebook is under a lot of pressure to try to minimize the number of phone numbers that were exposed.”