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540M+ Facebook account details found exposed on misconfigured AWS instances

540M+ Facebook account details found exposed on misconfigured AWS instances

A USA cybersecurity company said Wednesday that records of millions of Facebook users stored on Amazon's cloud servers were exposed to the public.

In yet another shocking revelation, US-based cyber security firm UpGuard has found that Facebook app developers left millions of user records, including comments, likes and reactions, exposed on the Amazon Cloud servers.

"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", Vickery noted.

For many years, Facebook allowed all app developers to have access to information on anyone using their app as well as access to data on users' friends. Plaintext passwords were included, but they weren't Facebook passwords. It is, however, worth mentioning that just last week it was revealed that Facebook not only stored 600 million users' passwords in plain text on its servers but also exposed it to over 20,000 employees. After the Cambridge Analytica issue, the company has been the spotlight of many privacy violation issues.

"Facebook's policies prohibit storing Facebook information in a public database", the company was quoted by Reuters as saying.

The large dataset was secured on Wednesday after Bloomberg, which first reported the leak, contacted Facebook. Cultura Colectiva has similarly remained silent on the matter, refusing to answer emails that date back as far as January 10.

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Many security experts are of the view that, in the light of the frequent cybersecurity lapses, Facebook does not have a clear understanding of cybersecurity.

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. A similar data set was also found for an app called "At the Pool".

The app known as "At the Pool" stopped operating in 2014, yet their the database was still publicly available. That stash of data was collected by a Mexican digital-media firm called Cultura Colectiva, which has a nice-looking, photo-heavy website in both Spanish and English devoted to everything and anything Latin American, as well as lots of pop culture.

Realizing that for the dead end it was, UpGuard instead reached out to Amazon on January 28th and received a reply on February 1st, which noted that the owner of the bucket had been made aware of the issue. The buckets have since been secured or taken offline.

Another week, another Facebook data breach.

Tim Mackey, Technology Evangelist - Software Integrity Group, Synopsys, had this to say about the current Facebook lapse: "Under GDPR Article 7, consent for the collection of personal data must be unambiguous and for a defined objective".

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