The personal information of more than 500 million Facebook users was discovered on low-level hacker websites.
The published data, first reported by Business Insider, includes the phone numbers, full names, locations, birthdays and email addresses of 533 million users.
The information contains people from more than 100 counties, including 32 million user records in the United States, 11 million users in the United Kingdom, and 6 million users in India.
Insider reports that it verifies the data by matching the number on the Facebook user page with the data set.
According to news media reports, this data is several years old.
A spokesperson for the social media platform said that the information was clipped after a vulnerability in the site was patched in 201
Hill has contacted Facebook for comment.
In 2018, the platform cancelled a feature that allowed users to search for “friends” using their personal phone numbers after discovering that Cambridge Analytica had access to the information.
According to the Associated Press, the personal information of nearly 87 million Facebook users was leaked.
A Ukrainian security researcher discovered a similar database of phone numbers and unique user IDs in 2019, which contained more than 267 million Facebook users. The Associated Press reported that most of these users are located in the United States.
It is not clear whether the database is related to the latest findings.
Facebook told the Associated Press: “This is old data previously reported in 2019.” “We discovered and fixed this issue in August 2019.”