Million Facebook Profiles Exposed by 2 Insecure Databases

Another Day Another Massive Facebook Data Leak

The second set (while not being as big as the first one) contained data backup of Facebook's in-app, dubbed At The Pool, and was found lying disclosed on Amazon's cloud-based storage, Amazon S3 bucket.

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.

The company later announced changes to the platform aimed at protecting user data.

Facebook's policies prohibit storing Facebook information in a public database. It also limited apps with Facebook Login access from requesting any info beyond a user's name, profile picture, and email address without an official app review.

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. It wasn't until the folks at Bloomberg reached out to Facebook earlier today that the problem was taken care of, with that library now secured.

One thing worth noting is that the At The Pool app was pulled back in 2014, and it's weird how the users' data is still found lingering around the internet for the malicious attackers to misuse it. "The data genie can not be put back in the bottle", reads the post.

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In addition, At the Pool's leaked database came with "fk_user_id, fb_user, fb_friends, fb_likes, fb_music, fb_movies, fb_books, fb_photos, fb_events, fb_groups, fb+checkins, fb_interests, and more" user data points. Later on that month, when the library still hadn't been taken offline, UpGuard contacted Amazon again and received a reply that said AWS would look into a potential solution on its own.

The issue highlights how Facebook shared this kind of information freely with third-party developers for years before cracking down.

In the case of the data compromised by Cultura Colective, it sounds like getting anyone to care about the fact that this was all out in the open was an odyssey in itself.

No private data such as emails or passwords were stored, because Cultura Colectiva did not have access to that information, it said. Moreover, UpGuard researchers claim that these are only two of the databases that they have reported about and the extent of data exposure could be far more extensive since about 100,000 databases are hosted by Amazon.

Researchers for the firm UpGuard discovered two separate sets of Facebook user data on public Amazon cloud servers, the company detailed in a blogpost. "We are committed to working with the developers on our platform to protect people's data".

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