Facebook Leaks Personal Information Again, ~300 Million Records Exposed
On December 4th, security researcher Bob Diachenko uncovered an online database that held more than 267 million Facebook users’ IDs, phone numbers, and names. As of December 19th, the database is unavailable, but the fact remains that these users’ information was exposed. According to Comparitech, the database was found on a hacker forum as a downloadable file.
Most of the Facebook users affected by this breach are in the United States. The security expert told Comparitech that the information was probably illegally scraped or illicitly gained through an API exploit. Scraping is more easily done if the user has public profile settings.
In order to limit exposure, Facebook users should limit their profile’s privacy settings and restrict such information from showing up on Google or other search engines. If you have your information available online, then you could be in trouble. There’s a lot at stake if your online door is wide open for everyone to see and enter.
Sometimes changing your settings is not enough and you need professional help to remove private information from the internet. You should contact Wiperts.com in order to remove unwanted private information from the internet. Criminals collect information in order to carry out crimes like identity fraud, hacking, and even burglary and stalking. Contact Wiperts today and see how you can protect yourself from such threats today.