Attention: Millions of Facebook accounts are exposed again!

06 April, 2019, 08:25 | Author: Erin Carter
  • Another huge Facebook security blunder exposes data of millions

The two data troves come from Cultura Colectiva, a Mexican company sharing celebrity and entertainment news to an audience of millions, from which the majority of data came from, and the app At the Pool, which hasn't been running since 2014, but had improperly stored records of 22,000 app users who accessed it with their Facebook.

A spokesperson for Facebook said that Facebook worked with Amazon to have the databases removed, and it remains committed to working with developers to protect user data.

"Facebook's policies prohibit storing Facebook information in a public database". Facebook's vice president of Engineering, Security and Privacy, assured users that the passwords were not publicly accessible and that there was no evidence that Facebook employees abused their access. It exposed 146 gigabytes of Facebook user data, including account names, IDs and details about comments and reactions to posts. While the passwords were likely associated with At the Pool accounts, they could have also exposed Facebook and other accounts to takeover attempts due to password reuse.

"We're looking into the situation and assessing any extra steps we can take", came the response from Amazon security staff on February 21 - three weeks after Mr Vickery initially brought the data exposure to Amazon's attention - according to Bloomberg.

The information about Facebook users, though they might not be as sensitive as their Social Security Numbers, could expose their interests, relationships and interactions to third-party developers, the cybersecurity firm said.

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UpGuard found a batch of scratched Facebook profiles including 48 million records in 2018 from LocalBlox, a data firm that scrapes data from social media profiles.

UpGuard, in its blog post also claims that Facebook can not mitigate the extent of the damage as it has spread far beyond its controls.

Even though it is "passively" responsible, these millions of data exposed turn out to be not directly Facebook's fault.

"The public doesn't realize yet that these high-level systems administrators and developers, the people that are custodians of this data, they are being either risky or lazy or cutting corners". But as these exposures show, the data genie can not be put back in the bottle.

Much like the Cambridge Analytica controversy, the data was easily scraped by third-party companies and then left unsecured. For app developers on Facebook, part of the platform's appeal is access to some slice of the data generated by and about Facebook users. Facebook for years allowed anyone making an app on its site to obtain information on the people using the app, and those users' friends.

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