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Over 419mn Facebook users' phone numbers exposed online

Over 419mn Facebook users' phone numbers exposed online

Posted On : Friday, September 6, 2019, 6:00 PM
In yet another data breach, over 419 million phone numbers linked to Facebook users have been discovered in an open online database. The database included 133 million records of US-based Facebook users, 18 million records of UK users and more than 50 million records of users in Vietnam, TechCrunch reported. This latest data breach exposed millions of users` phone numbers just from their Facebook IDs, putting them at risk of spam calls and `SIM-swapping` or `SIM jacking` where a mobile number is transferred to a new SIM card. Sanyam Jain, a security researcher at The Hague-based non-profit organisation GDI Foundation, found the database. After the web host was contacted, the Facebook users` database was pulled offline.
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