Because of Facebook data breach, millions of user records and phone numbers were exposed. The database containing the user phone numbers are exposed to an unknown server on the web. There are millions of users who give their detail with the trust that Facebook will protect their privacy. But the question is that is our data safe?
According to the security researcher Shyam Jain, because of the Facebook data breach the database containing user phone numbers and other detail were found exposed in an unknown server.
From this data breach, a total number of around 419 million facebook user detail containing phone numbers were leaked. In some cases, other information like facebook IDs, name, gender and country informations were also leaked.
The leak database includes 133 million records from the US and 18 million record from the UK. And also, 50 million records from Vietnam. The server containing the database is unknown. It is not the server of Facebook but it can be access by anyone because there is no password.
A Facebook spokesperson told that “This dataset is old and appears to have information obtain before we make changes last year to remove people’s ability to find others using their phone numbers. The dataset was taken down and we have seen no evidence that Facebook accounts were compromised. The underlying issue was addressed as part of a Newsroom post on April 4th, 2018 by Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer.”
Risk of Facebook data breach
In this advance world, anyone can use those data for doing any sorts of cybercrime. Many criminals or scammers can use those data for spam call and SIM-swapping attacks. The attackers can take the benefits of that database and do various malicious activities. Not only on facebook but outside of Facebook as well these database can be misused. The informations were old but there may be some people who are using that phone numbers in todays date also. So, there is the risk of misusing that database.
Who is responsible for this data breach?
Over the few years, a lot of facebook data breaches news can be heard. The purpose of this Facebook data breach is still a mystery. There isn’t any evidence that who is responsible for this breach. The reason behind this data breach and how the data breach takes place is yet to find.