267 Million Facebook Clients Disclosed

Another problem with the storage of personal datausers originated at Facebook. The final year of the week was unsuccessful for high-tech companies in the field of reliable storage of personal information of customers. Along with Facebook last week, the company that manufactures Ring smart home systems (Amazon) was at risk of data leakage from its users, and Internet game developer Zynga was unable to prevent data leakage of 170 million customers.

Another “puncture” Facebook in the field of reliabledata storage was identified by information systems security expert Bob Dyachenko and the publication Сomparitech, who discovered a public database of Facebook users.

The specialist said that the first leakaffected Facebook customers residing in the USA. The lion's share of the customer base identified on the Internet contains information on American users of the social network. In total, 267 140 436 Facebook accounts were publicly available. Information could be freely downloaded from December 4 to 19 this year from specialized hacker resources. The database contained special Facebook account IDs, usernames and their phone numbers.

The source and method of information leakage is not yetit was found out, however, there is a version that the abduction was committed by hackers from Vietnam, using scripts while browsing Facebook pages and taking advantage of the shortcomings in protecting the Facebook API.

Facebook officials claim leakwent to the security system update in April 2018, when information about the customers phone number was removed from the Facebook API. Thus, the database identified Dyachenko at least 18 months.
The database is currently unavailable, however, there is a possibility that it was copied and will be used during SMS phishing and spam mailings.

Source: Comparitech