Published: Вс, Апреля 07, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

New leak of 540 million Facebook records from app developer

New leak of 540 million Facebook records from app developer

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.

Facebook has faced intense criticism over how it's shared user data with third parties.

The "At the Pool" exposure was secured more quickly, as it was "taken offline during the time UpGuard was looking into the likely data origin, and prior to a formal notification email being sent", UpGuard said.

Chris Vickery, the director of cyber risk research at UpGuard, said that the data appeared to have been gathered through a Facebook integration. A 146GB data set with information like Facebook user activity, account names, and IDs was found that included more than 540 million records, the researchers said. In the case of Cultura Colectiva, UpGuard said it contacted the media company on January 10, but the database in question wasn't secured until Wednesday morning after Bloomberg News had contacted Cultura Colectiva for comment.

The databases were out of a media firm called and out of an app.

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In a statement provided to CNN Business, a Facebook spokesperson said, "Facebook's policies prohibit storing Facebook information in a public database".

Of course, this is a mistake on the part of the developers but the most worrying thing, citing the UpGuard experts, is that this shows that Facebook data is no longer under its control.

The British analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election, got access to data from more than 87 million users; and Facebook last September said that an attack on its networks exposed information from almost 50 million users. Once alerted to the issue, we worked with Amazon to take down the databases.

Facebook has vowed to crack down on data access and to audit app developers that have ever had access to mass quantities of data. "We are committed to working with the developers on our platform to protect people's data", the spokesperson added.

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