During the past few months, Facebook has basically gone as a synonym for ‘security breaches‘ or ‘privacy issues‘. So it’s no big surprise that we see another public database being discovered where millions of accounts have been stored.
The find was made by UpGuard, which reportedly found more than 146GB of information regarding Facebook users. The worst of all is that all of this information was stored on one of Amazon’s servers without any kind of protection.
Among the varied types of information present in this database, researchers found thousands of passwords, photographs, comments, likes, Facebook IDs, among others. In essence, it contained all kinds of information that makes social networking valuable.
Facebook puts back millions of users vulnerable to hacker attacks
As expected, a Facebook representative has already posted an official commentary on this incident. Recalling that social network policies clearly prohibit the storage of information in public databases. He further emphasized that as soon as they were alerted to the situation, they quickly contacted Amazon for the said databases to be removed.
According to UpGuard, all information found was collected by two applications, Collective Culture and At the Pool. Both were contacted beforehand, but they did not respond to the company’s contacts and did not take any measures to guarantee the security of that information.
Interestingly, in the case of the application At the Pool, the company responsible for the application sessions functions in 2014, while still making all this information accessible to anyone.
Even though it is ‘passively’ responsible, these millions of data exposed turn out to be not directly Facebook’s fault. Before the great Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social network was too liberal about what kind of information it shared with business. Although it has already changed its position, the data shared until then, continue to be present on the internet.
Once again, if you continue to have a Facebook account, make sure that this password is not even similar to any of your other passwords. In addition, you lose nothing in changing the password on a regular basis. After all, prevention is better than cure.