The data of 419 million Facebook users were freely available on the Internet, the American edition of TechSrunch reported september 4, citing cybersecurity expert Sanyam Jain. He claims that the database contains the names of celebrities.
Each entry contains a unique Facebook user ID and the phone number listed in the account. A Facebook user ID is a long number associated with their account, which makes it easy to identify the user. Some records also contained a username, gender and location depending on the country.
Facebook said the database was out of date and all data was collected before the social network shut down its phone number search in 2018. The company also said it had no evidence that the accounts had been hacked.
Earlier, Facebook agreed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to pay a record fine of $5 billion for violating the privacy of users of the social network. The agreement ended a more than year-long investigation that began after the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted in March last year. Then it became known that Facebook passed data to 87 million users of the research company Cambridge Analytica, which, among other things, was engaged in the campaign of Donald Trump.