Researchers find more cases of Facebook app data exposure

by Ben Pena April 6, 2019, 0:42
Researchers find more cases of Facebook app data exposure

What's Facebook doing about it?

The datasets have now been taken offline from the Amazon servers on which they were stored, but they were completely accessible by anyone while they were online.

Upguard apparently tried to contact Cultura Colectiva, with no response.

The second-a backup from Facebook-integrated app "At the Pool"-was found hiding in plain site on Amazon's cloud computing servers".

According to the BBC, Facebook (the company) said that Cultura Colectiva's decision to store information about its Facebook (the social network) users outside of official Facebook (the platform) servers violated its terms of service.

"Facebook is giving third-party app developers access to user data".

How much data do these buckets contain?
Cultura Colectiva didn't respond to Bloomberg's request for comment.

In the latest incident highlighting Facebook's apparently casual approach to mass data collection, the company has once again been caught on the wrong foot. But as these exposures show, the data genie can not be put back in the bottle. This shows that there have been little efforts from Facebook in ensuring foolproof security of the data that it extracts from its users.

Thousands of apps and websites let users log in with their Facebook credentials, and often ask to access users' Facebook interactions as a condition for doing so.

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Well, it's hard to say. Once your data is out there, there's really no getting it back.

We reached out to Facebook to determine if At The Pool did in fact have access to, and then expose, the Facebook passwords of 22,000 users.

The insecure Cultura Colectiva database in all its glory.

At this point it seems kind of rote, but we may as well tell you: there's been another massive exposure of Facebook data. "The surface area for protecting the data of Facebook users is thus vast and heterogeneous, and the responsibility for securing it lies with millions of app developers who have built on its platform", UpGuard said.

And more recently, security experts noticed that Facebook allows other users to look up your profile using those numbers, too.

In this particular case, it comes down to third-party databases. However, the database was only secured by Facebook yesterday morning.

If you haven't already given Facebook your number, says Bobby Richter, who heads Consumer Reports' privacy and security testing, it's better to use an app such as Duo Mobile or Google Authenticator for two-factor authentication.

That means, potential regulations for which Mark Zuckerberg is now calling notwithstanding, the end of the Facebook privacy-breach saga is likely not in sight.

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