Earlier this year, Facebook was fined $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for violating the terms of a consent decree signed in 2011. At that time, the company agreed not to use a user’s profile without the consent of the same. However, this agreement was breached in 2015-2016, when information from 87 million users was sold to Cambridge Analytica without permission.
Users Private Phone Numbers Are Exposed
Now, everything has gotten worse due to a large information leak. According to TechCrunch, millions of Facebook users with their phone numbers listed in a database has been exposed now. From the reports, the server contained users of 419 million people. Including 133 million Facebook users in the United States, 18 million in the United Kingdom, and over 50 million residents in Vietnam.
The list of telephone numbers in combination with IDs can be used to identify the names belonging to telephone numbers. The database was not protected by a password. As it is not difficult to imagine, numbers can be used for spam calls.
This information leak was discovered by security researcher Sanyam Jain, who says the database includes the phone number of several celebrities. However, a Facebook spokesman has made public that there is no evidence that Facebook accounts have been compromised.
Even though it was an accidental data leak and yet another malicious human error, it still reveals a security problem on Facebook. Remember that in October last year, 30 million email addresses and phone numbers were found accessible to others.
However, last May, data containing private information from 49 million Instagram users were exposed on the Amazon Web Service. Anyone who found the database could have access to it without any password. Exposed data includes biographies, account followers, profile photos, location information, phone numbers, and email addresses.