Facebook announcing its Q4 results which were quite impressive as well. Truth be told, the amount of good news coming from Facebook have been quite limited as the brand reputation of the social media giant has taken a serious nosedive ever since the discovery of the
Cambridge Analytica Scandal.
Adding to its growing list of data breaches and sloppy handling of user data, another shocking revelation suggests that
Facebook app developers left millions of user records exposed on public cloud platforms.
The US-based cybersecurity research firm, UpGuard has found troves of Facebook user information posted on Amazon’s cloud computing servers. In the blog post, UpGuard writes,
“One, originating from the Mexico-based media company Cultura Colectiva, weighs in at 146 gigabytes and contains over 540 million records detailing comments, likes, reactions, account names, FB IDs and more.”
Another database of an inactive app called ‘At the Pool’ listed email addresses and passwords of 22,000 Facebook users. The cybersecurity firm has no idea how these details were exposed, as the data became inaccessible when the company was examining it.
Facebook has openly shared the user data with third party developers for years. The problem of accidental public storage is more extensive than just these two examples mentioned in the UpGuard’s report. The report also mentions about 1 lakh open databases that they found on Amazon-hosted servers.
The problem is that users don’t understand that developers and server administrators are in-charge of their sensitive data. Facebook is clearly not taking enough care into plugging the gaps when it comes to securing user data.
Last year, Facebook started auditing thousands of apps and suspended a few hundred of them. Facebook has also started rewarding researchers that find problems in its third-party apps. That’s still very little that Facebook has done considering that it is raking in millions of dollars in advertising revenues.