A personal information database of more than 267 million Facebook users has been published on the Internet without any protection, says technology consultant Comparitech.
Experts from technology consultant Comparitech, in partnership with cybersecurity researcher Bob Diachenko, discovered an online database of data from Facebook's 267 million users. According to the Saturday, most of the information belongs to Americans.
According to analysts, user IDs (identification numbers of each account that can be used to remove other information such as gender, email or location), telephone numbers and full names of 267,140,436 were exposed. users.
Bob Diachenko reportedly discovered the information leak on December 14, according to the company's report, available online. The researcher believes that this will stem from the work of a group of Vietnamese cybercriminals.
However, it is not yet known how the people who made this database had access to the information. Analysts expect all of this information to be used by third parties for scams or other threats to users, Saturday explains.
This Thursday, Facebook opened an investigation into the possible data leakage. "We are looking into this problem, but we think it is information obtained before the changes made in recent years to improve the protection of people's data," a spokesman for the social network told AFP.
The database, made available on a hacking forum a week ago, was no longer accessible this Thursday.