267 Million Facebook IDs, Phone Numbers Exposed

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A database that contained over 267 million Facebook user IDs, phone numbers, and IDs was discovered on the web. It wasn’t password-protected.

Comparitech partnered with security researcher Bob Diachenko to uncover the Elasticsearch cluster. Diachenko believes the trove of data is most likely the result of an illegal scraping operation or Facebook API abuse by criminals in Vietnam, according to the evidence.

Diachenko immediately notified the internet service provider managing the IP address of the server so that access could be removed. However, Diachenko says the data was also posted to a hacker forum as a download.

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267 Million Facebook IDs, Phone Numbers Exposed

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  1. wab95

    Andrew:

    Wow! 267 million FB IDs?

    For a second there, you had me worried. I thought you were going to tell us that all 2 billion plus IDs had been exposed.

    What a relief!

    Well now, that should put to rest all those concerns from those FB cryptocurrency sceptic weenies, eh? I mean, at least this wasn’t a total security cock up; it was just a sub-total security cock up.

    Think about it, that means that, if FB currently has about 2.45B active monthly users, and only 267 million IDs were exposed, then your odds of data insecurity were only about 1 in 10! I mean, that’s safer than…well not parachuting or cliff diving or swimming in a shark tank, but you get my point. It’s safer than a lot of gnarly stuff.

    I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling better about this Libra cryptocurrency rollout already. Now, let me get back to ordering those new FB Portal thingees for my kids.

  2. geoduck

    FaceBook, the company that wants to get everyone’s data, wheather you want to give it to them or not..
    The company who thinks privacy laws don’t apply to it: https://www.macobserver.com/link/facebook-privacy-law-doesnt-apply/
    The company who keeps tracking your location even when you tell it not to: https://www.macobserver.com/news/lawmakers-dont-think-facebook-needs-to-constantly-track-your-location/ ,
    The Company that has over and over shown that they not only do not take even the most basic security precautions, they simply do not give a f*** about data security.

    WHY do people out up with this s***?

    • Lee Dronick

      Yet post an image of mother nursing her newborn and they stumble all over themselves in the rush to remove it.

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