Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found on a hacker website.
The information appears to be several years old, but this is another example of the vast amount of information gathered by Facebook and other social media sites and the limitations on how secure that information is.
The availability of the data set was first announced by Business Insider. According to this publication, it contains information from 1
Facebook has been battling data security issues for years. In 2018, the social media giant deactivated a feature that allows users to search each other by phone numbers, after revelations that the political company Cambridge Analytica has gained access to information for up to 87 million users without their knowledge or consent.
In December 2019, a Ukrainian security researcher announced that he had discovered a database of names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users – almost all based in the United States – on the open Internet. It is not clear whether the current data disposal is related to this database.
California-based Menlo Park did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a statement provided to other posts, Facebook said the leak was old and stemmed from a problem that was fixed in 2019.