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Technology Facebook says investigating data exposure of 267 million users

08:20  20 december  2019
08:20  20 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

California investigating Facebook, demands subpoenaed documents

  California investigating Facebook, demands subpoenaed documents California is investigating Facebook Inc's disclosure of user data to Cambridge Analytica and other partners, the state revealed on Wednesday in a court filing that demanded that the social media giant respond to its subpoena. © LEON NEAL / AFP Revelation of the 18-month-old probe is the latest bad news for Facebook, which is already under investigation by 47 U.S. states. Some states, particularly New York and Nebraska, have raised concerns that Facebook and other big tech companies engage in anti-competitive practices, expose consumer data to potential data theft and push up advertising prices.

Facebook on Thursday said it is investigating a report that a database containing names and phone numbers of more than 267 million users was exposed online. Facebook paid a record billion penalty early this year in a settlement with the regulator over mishandling users ' private data .

Facebook is investigating a report that a database containing names and phone numbers of more than 267 million users was exposed online. US regulators earlier this month said that British consultancy Cambridge Analytica – at the centre of a massive scandal involving Facebook data

Facebook on Thursday said it is investigating a report that a database containing names and phone numbers of more than 267 million users was exposed online.

a close up of a sign: The discovery was reported and the database was no longer available by Thursday, according to Comparitech.© AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL The discovery was reported and the database was no longer available by Thursday, according to Comparitech.

The database was made available for download last week on an online hacker forum that apparently belonged to a crime group, according to a blog post on the website Comparitech.

"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's information," a Facebook spokesperson told AFP.

Surprise: Facebook just leaked data from more than 267 million US users

  Surprise: Facebook just leaked data from more than 267 million US users Two bits of Facebook news that both popped at week's end should underscore how much awesome power the biggest social network in the world still wields as the decade draws to a close. Not only that, but how expansive its ambitions remain -- and, correspondingly, how embarrassingly bad the company still is, after all this time, at handling the privacy and security of its users' data. The two pieces of news we're referring to are as follows: 1)The two pieces of news we’re referring to are as follows:

More than 267 million Facebook users ’ IDs, phone numbers, and names were exposed to an online database that could potentially be used for spam and Most of the Facebook users that were affected by this leak are located in the U.S., and the data included people’s Facebook IDs, phone numbers

The firm said Wednesday that it had licensed data for no more than 30 million users of the social network. The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook violated a 2011 agreement meant to protect users ’ privacy. User data is crucial to the company’s business, because

Comparitech said that security researcher Bob Diachenko spotted the database, which was openly accessible and contained Facebook users' names, user IDs and phone numbers.

The discovery was reported and the database was no longer available by Thursday, according to Comparitech.

Revelation of the exposed data comes as the social network strives to rebuild trust and alleviate concerns over protection of people's information.

US regulators earlier this month said that British consultancy Cambridge Analytica -- at the center of a massive scandal involving Facebook data hijacking  -- deceived the social network's users about how it collected and handled their personal information.

The Federal Trade Commission said its investigation launched in March 2018 concluded that the now-defunct political consulting firm "engaged in deceptive practices to harvest personal information from tens of millions of Facebook users for voter profiling and targeting."

Brazil hits Facebook with $1.6 million Cambridge Analytica fine

  Brazil hits Facebook with $1.6 million Cambridge Analytica fine The Cambridge Analytica data scandal may have come to light nearly two years ago, but the former company -- and as a result, Facebook -- is still feeling the effects of the fall out. Brazil's government has imposed a $1.6 million fine on Facebook for its role in the fiasco -- a considerably higher sum than the $644,000 fined by the UK, where the incident took place. According to Brazil's Ministry of Justice and Public Security, data belonging to some 443,000 Brazilian users was used for "at the very least, questionable" purposes. Some estimates suggest that up to 87 million people were affected by Facebook's improper use of data globally -- mostly in the US.

Facebook has admitted that hackers accessed the data of 29 million users on the social network by using people's friends lists to steal access The social network addressed the September attack on Friday, saying in a statement that it is cooperating with the FBI, which is "actively investigating ."

A FACEBOOK data leak saw 267 million people's phone numbers shared in an online hackers' forum it emerged today. Millions of people had their names, numbers and Facebook IDs exposed online, leaving them vulnerable to hackers, texting scams, and phishing schemes.

The FTC said the British firm, which worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, made "false and misleading" claims when it offered Facebook users a "personality quiz" -- stating it would not download names or any personally identifiable information.

The case created a firestorm over data protection when it was disclosed that Cambridge Analytica was able to create psychological profiles using data from millions of Facebook users.

Facebook's own investigation found that some data from 87 million users in the United States and elsewhere had been compromised by the firm, and claimed the practices violated the social network's terms of service.

Facebook paid a record $5 billion penalty early this year in a settlement with the regulator over mishandling users' private data.

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