Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook Deals With Security Breach, Millions Of User Records Exposed

Facebook Deals With Security Breach, Millions Of User Records Exposed

In the latest privacy blow for Facebook, the information of up to 540 million users - including passwords, comments, likes, and Facebook IDs - were left by app developers on publicly visible Amazon cloud servers.

Upguard said, 'These two situations speak to the inherent problem of mass information collection: the data doesn't naturally go away, and a derelict storage location may or may not be given the attention it requires. A similar data set was also found for an app called "At the Pool".

"Facebook's policies prohibit storing Facebook information in a public database", a spokeswoman said in a statement.

The third-party Facebook app developers exposed data in the public domain in two large datasets that contained 540 million users' records. The researchers said passwords stored for At the Pool were "presumably" for the app and not for Facebook.

Facebook Inc., the social media giant, said on Wednesday, the 3rd of April 2019, that they had dissolved the databases from Amazon.com Inc.'s cloud servers containing critical user data.

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"As Facebook faces scrutiny over its data stewardship practices, they have made efforts to reduce third party access".

Chris Vickery, Director of Cyber Risk Research at UpGuard, said, "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". Once alerted to the issue, we worked with Amazon to take down the databases. "Data about Facebook users is spread far beyond the boundaries of what Facebook can restrain today". "The surface area for protecting the data of Facebook users is thus vast and heterogenous, and the responsibility for securing it lies with millions of app developers who have built on its platform", it added.

The discovery comes a little over a year after Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the data mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump got personal data on millions of Facebook users.

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