267 million Facebook users found a database with personal data on the network

Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a huge database of Facebook users that was

in the public domain.

What posted

In total, the database contained information about 267 millionusers, or to be more precise, 267,140,436 records. These are mostly US residents. Hackers obtained information about accounts, phone numbers and names, but passwords and accounts remained safe.

This information can be used for spam, phishing and other cyber attacks. Hackers can also completely reveal the user's identity.

The database was publicly available on one of the hacker forums from December 4 to December 19, that is, during this time it could have been easily copied.

Who did this

Hackers from Vietnam are suspected of causing the leak. Most likely, they took advantage of scripts that crawl the social network's pages or vulnerabilities in the Facebook API.

Facebook is investigating the data breach and says:

“We believe that the data was stolen even before the security policy updates and changes that Facebook has made in the last few years.”

The provider on whose servers the database was stored has already deleted it.