sunny.png
Saturday September 25th, 2021 7:58PM

Facebook data on more than 500M accounts found online

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website for hackers.

The information appears to be several years old, but it is another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is.

The availability of the data set was first reported by Business Insider. According to that publication, it has information from 106 countries including phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, and email addresses.

Facebook has been grappling with data security issues for years. In 2018, the social media giant disabled a feature that allowed users to search for one another via phone number following revelations that the political firm Cambridge Analytica had accessed information on up to 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge or consent.

In December 2019, a Ukrainian security researcher reported finding a database with the names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users — nearly all U.S.-based — on the open internet. It is unclear if the current data dump is related to this database.

“This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019," the Menlo Park, California-based company said in a statement. “We found and fixed this issue in August 2019.”

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Business, AP Technology News
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Sasser carrying otherwise cold-shooting UH early
So far, Marcus Sasser is carrying the Houston offense
5:56PM ( 36 minutes ago )
LEADING OFF: Ohtani back on the mound, Sanchez slugging
Shohei Ohtani’s quest to regain his reputation as a stellar two-way player gets a big test when he takes the mound for the Los Angeles Angels against the White Sox
5:43PM ( 49 minutes ago )
City running away with title, Liverpool closes in on Chelsea
Liverpool's 3-0 victory at Arsenal has provided a reminder of the quality that had the champions still leading the Premier League in December before imploding
5:37PM ( 55 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Jordan prince was asked to stop destabilizing 'activities'
Jordan’s army chief of staff says the half-brother of King Abdullah II was asked to “stop some movements and activities that are being used to target Jordan’s security and stability.”
3:41PM ( 2 hours ago )
Chauvin's trial leaves many Black viewers emotionally taxed
Many Black men and women in the U.S. are keeping tabs on what’s unfolding in the televised murder trial of white former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, taking in what they can before turning away to allow their anger and hurt to subside
3:30PM ( 3 hours ago )
Vaccine passports are latest flash point in COVID politics
Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status have become the latest flash point in America’s perpetual political wars
3:11PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP National News
UK: Benefits outweigh risks for AstraZeneca despite 7 deaths
Britain’s medicines regulator is urging people to continue taking the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, despite revealing that seven people in the U.K. have died from rare blood clots after getting the jab
12:06PM ( 6 hours ago )
Confederate symbols prove difficult to remove in many states
Amid a racial reckoning and a movement to remove Confederate monuments, it’s proven difficult to take down those symbols that remain across the United States
11:21AM ( 7 hours ago )
Gaetz sex probe suddenly threatens a speedy Washington rise
Compared with most congressional newbies, it didn’t take Rep. Matt Gaetz long
10:37AM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Online National News
Kenya stops the private importation of COVID-19 vaccines
Kenya has ordered an immediate suspension to the private importation of coronavirus vaccines, citing fears that otherwise counterfeit inoculations would get into the country
3:35PM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: Mississippi to reduce gaps in vaccine access
An office within the Mississippi State Department of Health that works to reduce gaps in access to health care is looking for organizations to host coronavirus vaccination events
3:20PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Texas to get 2.5M doses of vaccine next week
The Texas health department says it will receive another 2.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine next week
1:46PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Business
The Latest: Sasser carrying otherwise cold-shooting UH early
So far, Marcus Sasser is carrying the Houston offense
5:56PM ( 36 minutes ago )
LEADING OFF: Ohtani back on the mound, Sanchez slugging
Shohei Ohtani’s quest to regain his reputation as a stellar two-way player gets a big test when he takes the mound for the Los Angeles Angels against the White Sox
5:43PM ( 49 minutes ago )
City running away with title, Liverpool closes in on Chelsea
Liverpool's 3-0 victory at Arsenal has provided a reminder of the quality that had the champions still leading the Premier League in December before imploding
5:37PM ( 55 minutes ago )
Jordan prince, in video, says was placed under house arrest
The half-brother of Jordan’s King Abdullah says he has been placed under house arrest by Jordanian authorities
5:36PM ( 55 minutes ago )
The Latest: 1st NCAA semifinal game under way in Indy
The first NCAA Tournament semifinal game has tipped off in Indianapolis with two Texas teams that have Indiana connections
5:34PM ( 58 minutes ago )