THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


400mn Facebook users' phone numbers exposed in privacy lapse: reports

400mn Facebook users' phone numbers exposed in privacy lapse: reports

UNITED STATES: Phone numbers linked to more than 400 million Facebook accounts were listed online in the latest privacy lapse for the social media giant, US media reported Wednesday (Sept 4).

Technology
By AFP

Thursday 5 September 2019, 03:38PM


An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases. Photo: AFP / file

An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases. Photo: AFP / file

An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases – including 133 million US accounts, more than 50 million in Vietnam, and 18 million in Britain, according to technology news site TechCrunch.

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, 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.

Laguna Golf Phuket

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.

Following the 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal, when a firm used Facebook's lax privacy settings to access millions of users’ personal details, the company disabled a feature that allowed users to search the platform by phone numbers.

The exposure of a user’s phone number leaves them vulnerable to spam calls, SIM-swapping – as recently happened to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey – with hackers able to force-reset the passwords of the compromised accounts.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Arrival, departure slots: Use them or lose them, Phuket airport chief warns airlines

Are slots not more about arrival/departure/refueling times? Are both, Bay and Platform parking fall...(Read More)


Cabinet OKs new perks for tourism

Christy sweet, you are right. However, during last Phuket town Immigration visit after returning fro...(Read More)


Fuzzy outlook for digital TV channels

Ads, ads, ads. Does it not occur to anyone that people choose to watch other media BECAUSE these fre...(Read More)


Fatal epileptic asthma attack suspected as pickup crashes off road

Sorry for the man, but if he was treated on 14 Oct at 8 PM for severe asthma attack, than he should ...(Read More)


Arrival, departure slots: Use them or lose them, Phuket airport chief warns airlines

Dont worry.. even having slots Thaiarway in BKK use the bus to transfer the passengers to the hub.. ...(Read More)


Cabinet OKs new perks for tourism

Let Expats/Retirees at Phuket airport, after return from abroad, hand these TM form to Immigration o...(Read More)


Cabinet OKs new perks for tourism

April 2016, according Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak there are 400,000 - 450,000 'illegal' ho...(Read More)


Alcohol ban for end of Buddhist Lent over long weekend

What actually is the reason that in 24 hrs shops alcohol sales are only allowed during 11-14 hrs an...(Read More)


Phuket Governor orders emergency services on standby as weather warning issued

Yesterday was one of the most pleasant days I've ever enjoyed on Phuket. More major weather eve...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Making waves, making money

So what's the "opinion"? That a new boat will be the new breath of fresh air to a dwin...(Read More)