Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers
Facebook this week managed to make the news again in connection with multiple data protection fiasco’s. The biggest incident is the discovery of personal data of a whopping 540 million Facebook users on an unsecured Amazon S3 storage server. Security researchers with UpGuard found the server, which belongs to a Mexico-based digital media publisher. The data it stored included usernames and info on comments, likes and other user activity.
The same researchers also stumbled upon the scraped data of over 22,000 Facebook user accounts on an unsecured server belonging to a US-based former app developing company.
Finally, an independent security researcher called out Facebook for requiring some new users to verify their identity to the social media giant by providing the password to their email address, an abysmal practice from a security standpoint.