An iPhone with a Facebook login screen with the one striked out, with the Facebook logo in the background in this photo illustration, on September 22, 2017. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
More than 267 million names, telephone numbers and user Id’s of Facebook users were found on the dark web, cyber security, researchers said on Thursday.
For the past two weeks, is a huge treasure trove of sensitive information being exposed to anyone and everyone who wanted to see it, according to a joint report by the tech site Comparitech and researcher, Bob Diachenko.
The confidential records were first made available on Dec. 4, according to the investigators’ timeline, and be on their way to a hacker’s forum, and only eight days later.
They were taken down on Thursday after a Diachenko at the height of its isp (internet service provider over the non-secure information, but only as a download in the hacker forum for a week.
The database belongs to a “criminal organization” in Vietnam, ” according to the evidence,” the researchers said.
Most of the affected users, 267.1 million, for a total of, Us.
It is not clear how the information was obtained, but the Comparitech suggested that it may have been collected by means of a “scrape”, a process by which use bots to copy and collect information from web pages.
Scraping is prohibited by Facebook’s terms of service, but if a profile is referred to as a “general public”, it is an easy thing to do.
The leaked information can cause the victim to make it easier to aim with a “large-scale SMS spam, and phishing campaigns,” Comparitech he said.
“We are looking into this issue, but believe that it is most likely that the information obtained prior to the changes that we have made in the past few years to improve the protection of people’s information,” Facebook said in a statement.
The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social network, is scrambling to improve the treatment of personal data of the user, as in the Cambridge Analytica scandal in the 2018 and beyond, who saw the now-shuttered firm to hoover up your personal information on nearly 90 million Facebook users to better target them with political ads in 2016 during the presidential election campaign.
Cybersecurity expert, J., and Eduardo Campos, said this month of the leak does not seem to be as bad as the Cambridge Analytica, however, that the final judgment should be reserved for when more details are known.
“This has the potential to be just as bad, but we don’t know how sophisticated the criminals are, who received the information,” Campos told The Post. “[Cambridge Analytica was even worse, because they are in a position to clearly define what they are trying to make that happen.”
In 2018, Facebook revealed that a bug in the system that inadvertently exposed the private photos of more than 7 million registered users. In the struggle, gave up some third-party apps have access to photos that have been uploaded but not yet made public, on Facebook, as well as the pictures on the Facebook Marketplace, and the Stories of the features.
Shares of Facebook were flat in extended trading, only a four-cent to the closing price of $206.06.
This story was first published in the New York Post.