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Data of 267 million Facebook users leaked online


21 December 2019  

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LONDON: A database containing personal details of more than 267 million Facebook users was allegedly left exposed on the web.

The trove of data — including Facebook user IDs, phone numbers and names — is most likely the result of an illegal scraping operation or Facebook API abuse by criminals in Vietnam.

“Scraping” is a term used to describe a process in which automated bots quickly sift through large numbers of web pages, copying data from each one into a database.

The information contained in the database could be used to conduct large-scale SMS spam and phishing campaigns, among other threats to end users, said the report on Thursday, adding that most of the affected users were from the US.

The revelations come at a time when Facebook is trying to regain the trust of its users with the protection of their data following the Cambridge Analytica scandal that badly hit its reputation.

(Agencies)

Publish Date : 21 December 2019 17:57 PM

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