The leaked information involves nation by country phone numbers, Facebook IDs, gender and place.
Recently, a safety investigator found a government internet database containing records of 419 million Facebook accounts, 50 million of which are based in Vietnam, reports TechCrunch. The database has been offline since then.
Each record contains a Facebook ID and phone number of the user, and sometimes data about the gender and place indicated by the customers. Who scraped the information, or why, is uncertain. A Facebook representative later claimed that only 220 million records were included in the data-set, the rest being duplicates.
“This data-set is old and appears to have information obtained before we made changes last year to remove people’s ability to find others using their phone numbers,” said Facebook spokesperson Jay Nancarrow.
This is far from the first moment that Facebook has faced data security problems. Early 2018, the Cambridge Analyticascandal disclosed millions of accounts for political advertising being collected on Facebook. It was discovered later that year that Facebook provided 150 businesses with unique access to user data.