More than 540 Facebook records exposed on Amazon server

More than 540 Facebook records exposed on Amazon server

More than 540 Facebook records exposed on Amazon server

The data set reportedly contains over 146 GB of data, which amounts to over 540 million Facebook user records, including comments, likes, reactions, account names, Facebook user IDs, and more.

The data of millions of Facebook users were exposed on public data servers used by third-party apps, cybersecurity firm UpGuard said Wednesday.

For many years, Facebook allowed all app developers to have access to information on anyone using their app as well as access to data on users' friends.

It said no Facebook user passwords were found in the database backup of the app, which ceased operation in 2014.

"We are aware of the potential uses of data in current times, so we have reinforced our security measures to protect the data and privacy of our Facebook fanpages' users", it added.

This is not Facebook's first leak in 2019 by any stretch of the imagination despite changes to the company's current practices and efforts it has made since the Cambridge Analytica scandal to clean up third-party data collection.

When Facebook was alerted about the issue of storing information on public databases, they worked with Amazon to take them down as reported by Bloomberg.

During a routine security review last month, Facebook discovered that it had stored hundreds of millions of account passwords with no encryption in plain, searchable text where thousands of employees had access.

It is also a punch in the eye for proponents of what many detractors call the "surveillance economy" where advertising and e-commerce is predicated on intelligence about users' every move and desire.

At the heart of the matter are two third-party app datasets stored on Amazon S3 buckets containing reams of Facebook users' info.

Facebook has dealt with a number of security incidents in recent years. 'Not enough care is being put into the security side of big data'.

However, the open Cultura Colectiva database was not secured until this week, after media contacted Facebook for comment on the data breach. When it didn't receive a response, it emailed Amazon Web Services (AWS) on January 28 and then again on February 21, as the data remained accessible.

As noted above, the "cc-datalake" storage bucket was the larger of two separate data exposures but the second could potentially be more impactful, although it was secured more quickly.

Another week, another Facebook data breach. There's no telling who had access to this data and how long it was exposed to the general public, so it is now considered a high security risk. There's already another leak of personal Facebook data, but this one didn't come directly from Facebook.

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