Dianchenko says he reported the database to the service provider managing the IP address of the server, but the database was exposed for nearly two weeks. In the meantime, he says, the data was posted as a download in a hacker forum.
That’s a lot of personal data to be floating around in the wild, and as Comparitechnotes, it could be used to carry out phishing scams and other foul play.
“We are looking into this issue, but believe this is likely information obtained before changes we made in the past few years to better protect people information, “a Facebook spokesperson told Engadget.
Unfortunately, this is far from the first time that millions of Facebook users have had their data exposed online . In September, a security researcher found another database with419 million recordstied to Facebook accounts. One year prior, a hack exposed private info belonging to419 million users. Third-party errors have left823 million Facebook recordsexposed, and earlier this year, over 20, (Facebook employees hadaccess to 823 million users passwords. While Facebook’sfuture may be private, its present is apparently not.