In excess of 267 million Facebook clients purportedly had their client IDs, telephone numbers and names uncovered web based, as indicated by a report from security specialist Bob Diachenko. That information was found in a database that could be gotten to without a secret key or some other confirmation, and the analysts trust it was assembled as a major aspect of an illicit scratching activity or Facebook API misuse.
Dianchenko says he announced the database to the specialist organization dealing with the IP address of the server, yet the database was uncovered for almost two weeks. Meanwhile, he says, the information was posted as a download in a programmer gathering.
“We are looking into this issue, but believe this is likely information obtained before changes we made in the past few years to better protect people’s information,” a Facebook spokesperson told.
Unfortunately, this is far from the first time that millions of Facebook users have had their data exposed online. In September, a security researcher found another database with 419 million records tied to Facebook accounts. One year prior, a hack exposed private info belonging to 29 million users. Third-party errors have left 540 million Facebook records exposed, and earlier this year, over 20,000 Facebook employees had access to 600 million users passwords. While Facebook’s future may be private, its present is apparently not.