An unsecured cloud server containing a database of Facebook user phone numbers is no longer available online. The server had been found online a day after the world's largest social network said a similar database had been removed. Elliott Murray, a cybersecurity researcher in the UK, found the database live on Sept. 5. He believes it contained the same data Facebook said was scraped from a now-defunct feature that allowed users to look each other up by phone number.As of Monday evening, the database was no longer publicly accessible. It's unclear who posted the data and why.Murray was able to match a known phone number of a Facebook user provided by CNET with the correct name in the publicly accessible database. The discovery marked the latest example of how an unprotected database leaves consumers exposed. More organizations are moving their databases online, but many lack the expertise to do so securely. As a result, data that should be password-protected can be … [Read more...] about Database of Facebook user phone numbers is offline
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A huge cache of Facebook user phone numbers and user IDs was for sale online, researchers have found. The list of contact details for hundreds of millions of people – easily tied to their names on Facebook – was posted on a forum for trading stolen data in May.The price for buying Facebook user data in bulk: $1,000.A researchers at WebProtect, a cybersecurity company in the UK, found the information for sale on the web forum in May. He believes it's the same list that TechCrunch reported Wednesday was found on an unsecured web server by cybersecurity researcher Sanyam Jain. The list, which Facebook said Wednesday contained old data scraped from a feature it has since disabled, was posted by a seller who said he was based in Vietnam put the data together for marketing purposes. The find indicates that the scraped data was making its way around the web before it ended up on an unsecured server, and was in the hands of at least one person who saw it as a marketing tool -- and … [Read more...] about Asking price for 220 million Facebook phone numbers? $1,000
An unsecured cloud server containing Facebook user phone numbers is still available online, a day after the world's largest social network said a similar database had been removed. Elliott Murray, a cybersecurity researcher in the UK, found a database live on Thursday that he believes contains the same data Facebook said was scraped from a now-defunct feature that was meant to let users look each other up by phone number.Murray was able to match a known Facebook user's phone number provided by CNET with the correct name in the still publicly accessible database. Facebook said Wednesday it estimates that about 200 million users were affected by the exposed information. Facebook didn't immediately provide a comment.This is a developing story... … [Read more...] about Facebook user phone numbers still online
Hundreds of millions of phone numbers tied to Facebook accounts appeared in databases online that anyone could find and access before the information was taken down.A security researcher found more than 419 million records in several databases that were part of a server that wasn't password protected, TechCrunch reported. About 133 million records were from US Facebook users and 18 million records were from UK users, according to the report.A Facebook spokesperson said the company is still crunching the numbers but there were duplicates in those records. It estimates that about 200 million Facebook users were impacted."This dataset is old and appears to have information obtained before we made changes last year to remove people's ability to find others using their phone numbers," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "The dataset has been taken down and we have seen no evidence that Facebook accounts were compromised."The social network thinks that whoever scraped the data was … [Read more...] about Facebook users’ phone numbers exposed online
2008 HowStuffWorks Do you know what your phone number represents? The same standard has been in place since 1947. See more cell phone pictures. The telephone number that you dial to call somebody is basically an address, similar to the IP address of a computer or the street address of your home. The length of the telephone number varies depending on the country you are calling. In many European countries, phone numbers are variable in length, ranging from just five or six digits in small towns to ten or more in large cities. In the United States, phone numbers are fixed-length, with a total of 10 digits. The 3-3-4 scheme, developed by AT&T in 1947, uses three blocks of numbers arranged in two blocks of three and a single block of four digits. Look at the main phone number for HowStuffWorks as we go through the meaning of the different blocks. Area code - Regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), area codes are used to designate a specific geographic region, … [Read more...] about What do digits in phone numbers mean?