According to security firm UpGuard, data of over 540 million users’ has been exposed by App developers on public servers. Cultura Colectiva, a Mexico-based company had stored 540 million records of Facebook users amounting to 146 gigabytes of data which was easily accessible and downloadable to anyone and the data included user ID’s, comments, reactions and account names.
Facebook is going through tough times as it is heavily criticized for its several data breach. The data was publicly available for months on unsecure Amazon servers. Facebook later clarified that the data had been removed from the servers. No private data such as email or passwords were stored because Cultura Colectiva didn’t have access to that information.
Another backup file on a separate storage server contained even more sensitive data which included information of over 22,000 users’ photos, groups, their friend lists, interests, memberships and check-ins. Facebook policies prohibit storing Facebook user’s information on a public server. Facebook also stated that there is no evidence of the data been misused and were further investigating the data breach.
Amazon helped Facebook remove the data once it was flagged by Upguard which came across this flaw during their routine security checks. Facebook in a statement said “We are aware of the potential uses of data in current times, so we have reinforced our security measures to protect the data and privacy of our Facebook fanpages’ users,”.
In the wake of the scandal, the social media giant has started a bug bounty program to cover third party apps and services that have leaked or exposed Facebook user’s data.
If you are using Facebook on a regular basis make sure that you take you change your passwords on a frequent basis as it there is a possibility that it might have been exposed at some point of time.
Data of over 540 million users exposed in another Facebook Data Breach
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