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Publicly leaked phone numbers of 419 million Facebook users

Once again, tech gigantic Facebook was embroiled in dispute after millions of user phone figures were discovered in a database available to everyone.

According to TechCrunch, the database includes accounts of more than 419 million Facebook users worldwide with 133 million US, 18 million UK and 50 million Vietnamese customers.

While the documents were collected on the internet through a instrument that social media software impaired years earlier, the internet database was now taken offline after the article reached the internet host.

Facebook’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer in a blog post dated April 4, 2019 had addressed the issue of the website’s tool getting abused: “Malicious actors have also abused these features to scrape public profile information by submitting phone numbers or email addresses they already have through search and account recovery,” he said.

“Given the scale and sophistication of the activity we’ve seen, we believe most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped in this way. So we have now disabled this feature,” he added.

Regarding the debacle, Facebook responded saying: “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.” 

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