Records of more than 419 million Facebook accounts – including the phone numbers associated with the accounts – were found online, to which everyone had access, according to a recent report.
The records were found in several databases by TechCrunch reported Wednesday on a server that was not password protected.
The information provided for each account contained the user IDs and phone numbers associated with the account. Some of the records also contained the gender of the user, the sales outlet reported.
Before the server shut down, it contained information on approximately 1
A Facebook spokesperson told FOX Business that the information posted on the server had to be recorded before last year when the company stopped making users. Public telephone numbers in April.
"This record is old and seems to contain information we received prior to last year's changes to eliminate people's ability to find others based on their phone numbers," spokesman FOX Business said in an e-mail. Mail with. 19659008] Ticker
However, the server was reportedly shut down after TechCrunch contacted the web host.
It is unknown who posted the information or why they did it, although TechCrunch reported that the problem may have been caused by human error rather than hacking.
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Facebook has been under scrutiny in recent years due to data breaches.
In July, the social media giant was fined US $ 5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for violating consumers' privacy rights.
Cambridge Analytica was able to access private information from millions of Americans during the 2016 election cycle.
Brittany De Lea of FOX Business contributed to this report.