Facebook user records found exposed on Amazon cloud service

Facebook user records found exposed on Amazon cloud service

Facebook user records found exposed on Amazon cloud service

The researchers from the firm UpGuard said in a blog post Wednesday that the data, which included user names and passwords, came from two different Facebook apps that stored their data publicly on Amazon's cloud services. A cybersecurity firm, UpGuard, discovered the issue, which states that Facebook inadvertently uploaded millions of private records from Facebook users into Amazon servers.

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

To do that on a computer, click on the question mark icon in the top right corner of your Facebook page, then scroll down to Privacy Shortcuts and Change Your Password.

At this point it seems kind of rote, but we may as well tell you: there's been another massive exposure of Facebook data.

'The data exposed in each of these sets would not exist without Facebook, yet these data sets are no longer under Facebook's control. While UpGuard are unsure as to why this happened, they can confirm that the application is no longer active. "It's an oil spill - that data is out there".

Upguard apparently tried to contact Cultura Colectiva, with no response. The other database comes from a now-defunct Facebook app called "At the pool".

The At the Pool Amazon bucket found by UpGuard contained data on 22,000 Facebook users, including their Facebook user ID, likes, friends, photos, groups and interests.

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The new finding is the latest to highlight Facebook's struggle to protect the data collected from its more than 2 billion users. It highlights just how simple it is for one service to expose the data of another.

Facebook has been dropping the ball lately, big time. The dataset wasn't protected in any way, shape, or form, meaning anyone could access people's sensitive information including their passwords.

At The Pool did not respond to a request for comment.

Facebook said last month it resolved a glitch that exposed passwords of millions of users stored in readable format within its internal systems to its employees.

Once again, Facebook data of millions of users were left exposed in public, which could have been accessed by anyone. On Saturday, he endorsed the broad contours of new regulation targeting the ways that tech giants tap consumers' personal data. "The responsibility for securing [Facebook user data] lies with millions of app developers who have built on its platform".

Facebook didn't put the data there.

After the Cambridge scandal broke in 2018, Facebook further restricted developer access and embarked on a wholesale review of third-party apps.

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