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540 million activity records posted by partners


Information from Facebook users continues to appear on sites they should not. Now, according to UpGuard researchers, there have been more than 540 million records of activity within the social network that have been exposed on Amazon Cloud Services servers, but it is the fault of the partners.

The new finding shows that even more than a year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook user information continues to be insecure and at the same time scattered throughout the world.

Facebook is involved in yet another imbroglio involving user information. Although the responsibility can not be directly attributed to Mark Zuckerberg's social network, on the other hand, it shows us the difficulty of the company dealing with its own size and consequences of its mistakes.

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From the same point of view, it is important first of all to clarify what this information consists of. Namely, the activity log encompasses identification numbers, comments, reactions, as well as the names of user accounts. In short, a whole collection of information that allows you to identify a Facebook user.

This information, ceded to Facebook partners, has been carelessly stored. More specifically, on Amazon servers, without any kind of protection. Now, this is the exact opposite we want to hear when someone refers to our personal information. A negligent conduct in storing massive amounts of sensitive information in social network activity records.

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For example, one of these Facebook partners, the Mexican digital platform, Collective Culture was the most responsible in this case. This cultural entity stored 540 million records of activity in the social network and did it completely carelessly. Note that according to the e-security agency, anyone who finds them online could access the collection or even download the information.

540 million activity records stored on Amazon servers

This huge database was closed at the end of last week, after Facebook was alerted by the Bloomberg. Then, the social network will have contacted Amazon, having taken the necessary measures and closed the server (s) in question. However, the data has been exposed for a long time.

Facebook social network Amazon Cloud

The case goes beyond, not staying for the Mexican cultural entity. Similarly, an application for mobile devices, already extinct, At the Pool has stored a collection of 2200 people including names, emails and passwords, data also used to access the social network Facebook. However, up to date (4) UpGuard has not yet specified how long this information has been exposed.

Various data related to the social network

From the same point of view, it should be recalled that for several years the social network shared this type of information with programmers and strategic partners. In fact, this was the protocol conduct until Facebook began to treat more carefully the information of its users. Not only within your company, but also outside of it and in the way it is conveyed to third parties.

Facebook social network Amazon Cloud

UpGuard states that although not all the information collected by the application At the Pool was sensitive, part of it was. Therefore, it should not have been included with user data, emails and passwords. All this “tidy” and forgotten somewhere on an unprotected server.

The (i) responsibility of the Facebook partners

The examples above are just that, two of several Facebook partners. Unfortunately, according to the security agency, more than 100,000 databases hosted on Amazon's services have found all sorts of information. And some should not be there, completely unprotected.

The public does not realize that these system administrators and system programmers, the keepers of this information, are also sometimes lazy, sparing efforts and taking shortcuts – Chris Vickery, director of the cyber-security agency UpGuard.

In summary, for several years Facebook has used a policy of laissez-faire with their partners. This gave carte blanche to a programmer or company interested in negotiating with the social network. In short, as soon as the data technological, and guarded by themselves, responsibility was exhausted.

Now we were seeing the consequences of this unconcerned policy.

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