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Third Parties Leak Data on 540 Million Facebook Users

April 04, 2019 / Phil Muncaster

Over half a billion personal Facebook records have been publicly exposed to the internet by two third party app developers, according to researchers at UpGuard. The security company claimed in a blog post on Wednesday to have found the two datasets stored in Amazon S3 buckets, configured to allow public download of files. By far the larger of the two comes from Mexico-based media company Culture Collective. The 146GB trove contained over 540 million records including comments, likes, reactions, account names, Facebook IDs and more. UpGuard claimed the data was being collected by the firm to help it better predict which type of content will generate the most traffic. The second S3 dataset relates to an app titled At the Pool and includes entries for the following data: fk_user_id, fb_user, fb_friends, fb_likes, fb_music, fb_movies, fb_books, fb_photos, fb_events, fb_groups, fb+checkins, fb_interests, password and more.