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419 million Facebook users' phone numbers exposed in new data breach

Christian Fernsby |
Phone numbers linked to more than 400 million Facebook accounts were listed online in the latest privacy lapse.

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Topics: FACEBOOK    DATA BREACH   

An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases—including 133 million U.S. accounts, more than 50 million in Vietnam, and 18 million in Britain, according to technology news site TechCruch.[break]


The databases listed Facebook user IDs—unique digits attached to each account—the profiles' phone numbers, as well as the gender listed by some accounts and their geographical locations, technology website TechCrunch reported.

The server was not password protected, meaning anyone could access the databases, and remained online until late Wednesday when TechCrunch contacted the site's host.

Facebook confirmed parts of the report but downplayed the extent of the exposure, saying that the number of accounts so far confirmed was around half of the reported 419 million.

It added that many of the entries were duplicates and that the data was old.

"The dataset has been taken down and we have seen no evidence that Facebook accounts were compromised," a Facebook spokesperson told AFP.


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