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267 million - mostly American - Facebook users' IDs, names and phone numbers are exposed online and shared on the dark web

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Cybersecurity firm found an unsecure database of Facebook user data online Approximately 267,140,436 records were exposed and shared on the dark web The database included IDs, phone numbers and full names of mainly US users The database has since been shut down, but was live on the web for two weeks By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com Published: 21:00 GMT, 19 December 2019 | Updated: 22:51 GMT, 19 December 2019 Personal information belonging to hundreds of millions of Facebook users has been exposed in an unsecured database on the dark web, it has emerged. The Facebook IDs, phone numbers and full names of 267 million users, most residing in the US, were discovered in the database accessible to anyone without a password by cybersecurity researcher Bob Diachenko and tech firm Comparitech, according to a report published Thursday. The report warned that people identified in the database could be targeted by spam messages or phishing schemes. Although it is not ye

Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation

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By Michael LaForgia , Matthew Rosenberg and Gabriel J.X. Dance Facebook’s offices in Menlo Park, Calif. A federal grand jury is looking at partnerships that gave tech companies broad access to Facebook users’ information. Credit Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times March 13, 2019 Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks. A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices, according to two people who were familiar with the requests and who insisted on anonymity to discuss confidential legal matters. Both companies had entered into partnerships with Facebook, gaining broad access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users . The companies

Facebook DOWN: Social network NOT WORKING for hundreds of users

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FACEBOOK is down this afternoon with the social networking site and app not working for thousands of users. The social network has now confirmed the outage that has left users unable to make new posts online. By David Snelling PUBLISHED: 16:19, Wed, Mar 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 17:45, Wed, Mar 13, 2019      5:40PM UPDATE: Facebook has just confirmed the issues with its service with a spokesperson saying: "We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.” ORIGINAL STORY: Facebook users are facing a frustrating afternoon with the social network site and app appearing to be down and offline. Issues seem to have begun around 4pm this afternoon with many fans of the service reporting that they are still unable to log in, make new posts or add comments to stories. At the time of writing, independent outage monitor Down Detector has registered over

You’d have to pay the average Facebook user over $1,000/year to stop using it

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@benlovejoy   The #deletefacebook tag may have been trending in the light of various privacy concerns, but the evidence is that Facebook addiction is stronger than some like to admit. Back in September of last year, some 26% of Facebook users polled claimed to have deleted the app from their phones – but analytics data showed otherwise  … A new study shows just how hard it is to give up Facebook: on average, a user would need to be paid well over than $1,000 a year to do so. ArsTechnica reports on a joint study involving researchers from four different universities. The paper started out as two separate studies. Jay Corrigan, an economist at Kenyon College, and his collaborator, Matt Rousu of Susquehanna University, were interested in a session on this topic at an upcoming conference. They discovered that Sean Cash (Tufts University) and Saleem Alhabash (Michigan St

Facebook and Instagram are down AGAIN: Social media apps crash for users around the world for second time in two weeks

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Facebook and Instagram users were unable to login to the social media apps after they crashed unexpectedly on Friday. Both the apps and the desktop sites were hit by outages beginning around 11:40am (ET) this morning. Users reported having issues loading the apps, while others said they experienced a 'total blackout.' Scroll down for video  +3 A live map shows parts of the world that were hit by the Facebook outages. It shows hotspots in the northeastern region of the U.S., parts of Europe, as well as the Philippines and Indonesia It comes as Facebook and Instagram experienced a separate outage a little over a week ago on November 20.  A live outage map showed hotspots in the northeastern region of the U.S., as well as many parts of Europe.  Parts of South America, the Philippines and Indonesia were also hit.    According to Down Detector , approximately 54 percent of users said they had trouble accessing their Instagram feed,

Facebook Messenger goes down AGAIN: Chat app crashes for users around the globe for the second time in a week

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Facebook  Messenger users around the world were unable to send or receive messages for several hours after the chat app crashed unexpectedly on Thursday.   The Messenger app was hit with outages beginning around 6am (ET) this morning, but they were later resolved around 3pm (ET).  It comes just one week after Facebook Messenger was hit by an outage that lasted for almost an entire day. Scroll down for video  The outage appears to be affecting users in the UK, Europe, some parts of South America and the east coast in the U.S. Users reported having issues sending and receiving messages  'Earlier today some people may have briefly experienced trouble sending and receiving messages in Messenger,' Facebook spokesperson Dalya Browne told MailOnline. 'The issue was due to an error in code and has since been resolved; we're sorry for any inconvenience.'  The outage affected users in the UK, Europe, some parts of South Americ

Facebook Group Cover Photo Size 2018: Free Template

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Looking for the correct Facebook group cover photo size? One that works on both desktop and mobile? Like all Facebook cover photos, the one for groups changes frequently. And displays differently on various devices. Facebook group cover photo size changed Nov 27, 2017 – and again a couple weeks later. Facebook revealed the size on November 28. But it didn’t actually work then! And it cropped differently on every device. But now… Facebook Cover Photo sizes are many and varied This article deals strictly with group covers. But I have more in store! And I keep them updated. For business pages, personal profiles, and events: Facebook Business Page Photo size Facebook Profile Cover Photo size Facebook Event Cover Photo size Read on for groups… What Facebook says about Group Cover Photo size According to Facebook, the ideal size is 1,640px by 856px, or 1.91:1 ratio. This did not work anywhere on November 27, 2017.  But now it does – on mobile. Although it’

Hacker says he'll livestream deletion of Zuckerberg's Facebook page (updated)

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Chang Chi-yuang has since cancelled the stream and reported the bug.    SIPA USA/PA Images A white-hat hacker briefly promised to livestream his bid to hack into Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook account on Sunday, September 30th). "Broadcasting the deletion of Facebook founder Zuck's account," Chang Chi-yuan told his 26,000-plus followers on the social network, adding: "Scheduled to go live." By Friday afternoon, the stream had been cancelled. According to Bloomberg , the self-proclaimed bug bounty hunter is a minor celebrity in Taiwan who's appeared on talk shows and was reportedly sued by a local bus operator after breaching their systems to nab a ticket for just NT$1 (3 cents). Earlier this month, Chi-yuan shared a screenshot showing an App

Facebook Was Hacked. Here Are 3 Things You Should Do.

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The social networking giant said attackers had exploited a weakness that enabled them to hijack the accounts of nearly 50 million users. Here are some tips for securing your account. Image Facebook discovered a security weakness that could let attackers hijack people’s accounts. The vulnerability has been fixed, but there are precautions to take. Credit Credit Matt Rourke/Associated Press   By Brian X. Chen   Facebook said its engineers discovered a security weakness this week that could let attackers hijack people’s accounts. The vulnerability, which the company said had been fixed, affected nearly 50 million accounts. Facebook said in a web post that the security issue was related to the “View As” feature, which allows people to see a preview of what their profile looks like to other people, like specific friends. Hackers exploited a weakness in the tool to gain access to digital keys that let people access Facebook from a personal device without having to re

Facebook Is Breached by Hackers, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at Risk

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  One of the challenges for Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is convincing users that the company handles their data responsibly. Credit Credit Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Mike Isaac and Sheera Frenkel Sept. 28, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Friday that an attack on its computer network had exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users. The company said it discovered the breach this week. The attackers exploited a feature in Facebook’s code that allowed them to take over user accounts. Early Friday, Facebook forced more than 90 million users to log out of their accounts, a common safety measure taken when accounts have been compromised. Facebook said it had fixed the vulnerability and notified law enforcement officials. “We’re taking it really seriously,” Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, said in a conference call with reporters. “I’m glad we found this, but it definitely is an issue that

facebook Security Update

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By Guy Rosen ,  VP of Product Management On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, our engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. We’re taking this incredibly seriously and wanted to let everyone know what’s happened and the immediate action we’ve taken to protect people’s security. Our investigation is still in its early stages. But it’s clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted “View As” , a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app. Here is the action we have already taken. First, we’ve fixed the vulnerability and informed law enforcement. Second, we have reset the access tokens