- Facebook 400 million users mobile linked account details hacked and shared online to public that was not password protected, according to a TechCrunch report on Wednesday.
- That information, according to the report, included users’ Facebook IDs (which are a string of numbers used by the company to UID (uniquely identify an account) and the linked mobile number for every account.
- Some records also showed the user’s name, gender, and country in which they living.
- The databases completely pulled of after facebook contacted the website host company, TechCrunch said.
Facebook 400 million users mobile linked account details hacked and accounts linked to facebook user leaked shared online to public that was not password protected, according to a TechCrunch report on Wednesday.
Facebook explained to a Business Insider that there’s no proof that any users had their accounts security compromised, and also that the number which is reported by TechCrunch are likely to be half who affected by this hack, as TechCrunch team analyzed the Date-set and found cloned records. Facebook will not public the exact number who got affected by this database exposure, but that mean almost 200 million users account personal details are compromised.
The database was found by a security expert, who found the database was shared online in plain text – meaning, it wasn’t even encrypted at all. This database information appears to hacked by a third party, who left it to show the it to the internet. The database was taken offline as soon as it reached to facebook headquarter by contacting the host of the website.
The Database information is in investigation, according to the news, included users’ Facebook IDs –which is a string of numbers used by the company to uniquely identify an account – and the linked mobile number for every account. Some records presented to have included the user’s name, gender, and country in which they live.
News reported that out of 419 million of the 133 million records found on the server were linked with American Facebook users. 18 million user data belonged to the U.K., and another data with over 50 million records of Vietnam users.
A Facebook spokes-person said to a Business Insider on Wednesday, a setting from Facebook has since been terminated, which gave permission to users to search for friends by their phone numbers. Facebook told that culprit and hacker were able to use this function to scrape the information, including phone numbers from users’ accounts.
Facebook terminated a function in April 2018 which allowed the user to search a friend by his/her phone number.
Since then the company has faced many high-level scraping incidents, including at the Instagram. Which they admitted to having profile data scraped in large quantity.
Facebook reported to a Business Insider that, “This database have the information of Facebook users were hacked before we even made the changes and terminated the use of function of ability to find friends by his/her phone number“. “The data-set has been pulled of and we have seen no evidence that Facebook accounts were compromised“. The underlying issue was mentioned as part of a Newsroom post on 4th April 2018 by Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer.”
Facebook eventually admitted that the server contained “about 220 million” records.
This latest data hacking is a recent example of data stored online and publicly without a proper password. Normally these incidents are tied to human mistake rather than a malicious breach, data exposure never represented that it’s an emerging security problem which should be looked and corrected. Facebook is launching its Facebook TV chat device will it be succeeded.