An independent cyber-security researcher recently reported finding a compact database, which contains nearly all USA based Facebook users – 267 million Facebook users on the open internet. The data were supposed to be harvested by the cybercriminals – Bob Diachenko
Database discovered by Bob Diachenko with an un-named search-engine was freely available over open internet for approx 10 days beginning with 4th of December 2019 – after 5 days it was not available.
Independent cybersecurity researcher Diachenko based in Ukraine – someone from had downloaded the hacked database on some hacker forum 2 days before he found over open net, so there are high possibilities that database has been shared among others.
The researcher first provided a 10 random record sample from the hacked database in order to prove his finding authenticity, out of which 2 phone number was answered to check the real facebook users.
Collected evidence indicates that the data were most likely harvested by Vietnam cybercriminal who has scrapped Facebook from the public. Scrapping is an automated process to collect data by bots. The hacked database also includes a small fragment of Vietnam users.
Collected evidence indicates that the data were most likely harvested by Vietnam cybercriminal who has scrapped facebook from the public. Scrapping is an automated process to collect data by bots. The hacked database also includes a small fragment of Vietnam users.
According to the researcher he hasn’t submitted the finding to facebook yet, which ideally has not confirmed his finding. Most probably the leaked database obtained from facebook before they took data protection measures in recent years.
In 2018 facebook disabled a feature that allow users to search another user via phone number. Though Diachenko already said that he is not sure when the data is collected, he confirmed that all the data has a timestamp from January to June 2019.
This year in march Facebook has confirmed that it had left hundred and thousand of users password readable by its employees in internal servers for years, which makes facebook not safe for users anymore.