(ETH) – More than 500 million Facebook users have found themselves victims of online hackers. According to the report from the Associated Press, the information that was accessed appears to be several years old.
Information from 106 countries including phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, and email addresses have all been obtained in the breach.
The report states that Facebook has been dealing with data security issues for years and back in 2018, disabled a feature that allowed users to search for one another via phone number following revelations that the political firm Cambridge Analytica had accessed information on up to 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge or consent.
Also two years ago back in 2019, a Ukrainian security researcher reported finding a database with access to names, phone numbers, and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users — nearly all U.S.-based — on the open internet was obtained.
“This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019,” the Menlo Park, California-based company said in a statement. “We found and fixed this issue in August 2019.”