Facebook Security Lapse Exposes Millions of Phone Numbers…


September 5, 2019

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: you really shouldn’t be using Facebook. You can read what we’ve had to say in the past here (as well as what other people have had to say about it: Facebook Security Breach Exposes 50 Million Accounts,How Cambridge Analytica Leveraged Facebook and Exploited 87 Million Users’ Data,Feds Launch Investigation Regarding Facebook’s Data Deals)

Tech Crunch reported yesterday (https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/04/facebook-phone-numbers-exposed/) that 419 million user records were being stored on a server that wasn’t password protected and was accessible to anyone on the internet.

The records contained each user’s unique Facebook ID, as well as their phone number! Some records even contained the user’s gender and in some cases, their location.

The database was found by Sanyam Jain, a security researcher and member of the GDI Foundation. He’s the one who first contacted Tech Crunch with the news after he was unable to find the databases’ owner. Tech Crunch was able to find the web host being used and after contacting them it was pulled.

Shortly after Facebook made an official statement.

Like we said above, this isn’t the first time this has happened with Facebook. A quick Google search will show anyone how little the Menlo Park based company cares about user security, but it does bare repeating, if you’re still using the social media platform you really should think twice.

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Carl Keyser is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Integris.

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