Third-party errors left over 540 million Facebook records exposed

The discovery marks the latest major privacy and security mishap to plague Facebook

The third-party Facebook app developers exposed data in the public domain in two large datasets that contained 540 million users' records. In September 2017 for example it found the CVs of thousands of former United States military personnel, including hundreds with "Top Secret" security clearances, were left available on an Amazon S3 cloud storage repository. However, more publicly accessible information could still be out there. The fact that sensitive private data could be so irresponsibly handled makes the case even worse. Though it appears this time it is not Facebook itself that is directly responsible for the leak, but rather a separate app development company.

In a blog post, UpGuard connected one of the leaky databases to a Mexico-based media company called Cultura Colectiva. This same type of collection, in similarly concentrated form, has been cause for concern in the recent past, given the potential uses of such data.

Facebook said that Amazon helped it remove the data once UpGuard flagged that it was available.

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.

After another exchange and an intervention from Bloomberg who asked for comment on the issue, the cc-datalake database was eventually secured on April 3.

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In both cases, the Facebook user data was stored on Amazon S3 instances that were publicly available.

"Facebook's policies prohibit storing Facebook information in a public database", a Facebook spokesperson said after the UpGuard story came to light.

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. This one contained Facebook passwords in plain text for 22,000 users, which is not as massive as the Cultura Colectiva dataset.

Brian Vecci, a top executive at the security firm Varonis recommends that consumers check which apps are now collecting data from their accounts and revoke access for those that don't need it. If you value your privacy, should you continue to use the social network? It included passwords for that app, among other details.

Nabil Hannan, Managing Principal (Financial Services) - Software Integrity Group, Synopsys, commented: "With increasingly stringent data protection laws going into effect across the globe, and the public's heightened sensitivity to privacy violations, protecting sensitive data needs to be a critical priority for all organizations".

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