Millions of Facebook user records exposed on Amazon cloud server

Another huge Facebook security blunder exposes data of millions

Another huge Facebook security blunder exposes data of millions

The datais not stored by Facebook itself, but by two app developers who left it online, potentially exposing Facebook users to hackers, say Upguard security researchers who uncovered the two data hoards.

The information included comments, reactions, likes, FB IDs and account names uploaded by media company Cultura Colectiva.

"Facebook's policies prohibit storing Facebook information in a public database", a company spokesman said in a statement emailed to Geek.

The latest reports of user passwords exposed in plaintext on public servers by Facebook is lamentable, but all too common event in the technology industry.

Of the two data sets, the Cultura Collectiva is the largest; the At the Pool breach, meanwhile, is significantly smaller but contains plain-text passwords for some 22,000 user accounts - though, given the app was discontinued in 2014, these are likely to be outdated.

We're talking about 540 million Facebook users with exposed information free for the taking.

On the plus side, data stemming from At the Pool was taken offline before security researchers could even send a formal notification.

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

Joe Biden says he will change his behavior
Sources close to Biden told Reuters that preparations for a run had not been slowed by the controversy. While Biden admitted he did nothing wrong, he promised to eschew that behavior in the future.

I would recommend any concerned user who has provided their email password to Facebook immediately change it and then submit a request to Facebook for a detailed accounting of precisely what data was accessed and how that data was used".

Organisations need to be very careful when sharing sensitive data with other third-party organisations.

It's becoming increasingly apparent that Facebook simply isn't taking their duty of care in regards to the privacy of the data of its users seriously enough. However, the database was only secured by Facebook yesterday morning.

"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".

Facebook at least when it became aware of the issue, reacted quickly to the discovery and worked with Amazon to get those public databases removed.

"These exposures show, the data genie can not be put back in the bottle. We are committed to working with the developers on our platform to protect people's data".

Naaman Hart, Cloud Services Security Architect at Digital Guardian also comment on the breach and warned users that there is no such thing as free lunch referring to the free use of social media sites especially Facebook. While Facebook themselves have not compromised this data, they have allowed it to be freely obtained by companies with lax security measures.

Recommended News

  • Verizon Just Launched Mobile 5G: Everything You Need to Know

    Verizon Just Launched Mobile 5G: Everything You Need to Know

    The mobile 5G service is available in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis, but there aren't any phones just yet. So, while the 5G network is clearly the faster of the two, it's not by an order of magnitude.
    Jamal Khashoggi's Children Given Houses, Payments as Compensation for His Death

    Jamal Khashoggi's Children Given Houses, Payments as Compensation for His Death

    The arrangement may require the siblings to publicly forgive or absolve the killer in order to receive the massive payout. Riyadh has maintained that neither bin Salman nor King Salman knew of the operation to target Khashoggi last October.
    Tesla shares skid as Model S and X deliveries fall by half

    Tesla shares skid as Model S and X deliveries fall by half

    It is rare for the SEC to seek a contempt finding. "They are just trying to send a message: be more careful". But because Musk and his leadership of the company are so intertwined Musk has regulators "over a barrel".
  • Trump unconcerned about Chinese woman's arrest

    Trump unconcerned about Chinese woman's arrest

    Asked about the reports on the Chinese espionage, Donald Trump told reporters at the White House: "Well, I saw the story". She allegedly was told by "Charles" to talk to Trump's family about Chinese-American economic relations.
    What next? UK’s May seek elusive Brexit concord

    What next? UK’s May seek elusive Brexit concord

    May has launched discussions with the largest opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn , in a bid to break the impasse. May plans to work with Corbyn to find a single option they can agree on to bring to a vote in the House.
    Premier League weekend: 10 best pictures

    Premier League weekend: 10 best pictures

    However, few will have the significance of Toby Alderweireld's own goal should Liverpool go on to win the title for the first time since 1990. "Mentally the players are ready".
  • Brunei Imposes Stern New Penal Code, Stoning for Adultery, Gay Sex

    Brunei Imposes Stern New Penal Code, Stoning for Adultery, Gay Sex

    Homosexuality was already illegal in Brunei and punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Almost two-thirds of Malaysia's 32 million people are Muslim.
    Brent crude nears $70 as OPEC tightens supply

    Brent crude nears $70 as OPEC tightens supply

    Energy Information Administration report on crude oil inventories is due to be released on Wednesday at 10:30a.m. The OPEC + agreement to reduce oil output by 1.2 million barrels a day expires at the end of June.
    Gmail now lets you schedule emails

    Gmail now lets you schedule emails

    Some of these features were first tested in the now-dead Google Inbox which was the feature-testing mail service for Gmail. Google's Inbox dies today, so you really do need to find a replacement if you haven't already.
  • Joe Biden jokes about controversy over touching women

    Joe Biden jokes about controversy over touching women

    Mr Trump told reporters Mr Biden is "going through a situation" and that he didn't regard him as a political threat. Biden's awkwardness with women is no secret. "I am not sorry for any of my intentions".
    Chicago makes history with election of first black female mayor

    Chicago makes history with election of first black female mayor

    Both African-American women ran as progressives outside the sphere of Chicago's well-moneyed political machine. Lori Lightfoot will meet with commuters Wednesday morning at a Chicago Transit Authority train station.
    Theresa May faces Brexit deadlock

    Theresa May faces Brexit deadlock

    Mr Clarke's customs union option lost by 273 to 276, just three, while the common market 2 .0 option lost by 261 to 282. The lack of consensus reflects a Parliament and a government deeply divided over how - and whether - to leave the EU.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.