Facebook leaks more personal data: 540 million profiles affected

In a not-so-shocking turn of events, it’s been revealed that Facebook has exposed a huge amount of data to the public internet (again). It’s estimated that around 540 million accounts have been impacted by the data leak.

Security firm UpGuard, tasked with disclosing the use of data by large tech companies, revealed Facebook’s leak in a blog post, noting two third-party developed Facebook app datasets as hosts of personal information that was available to the public.

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Yep, Facebook have gone and leaked your data again (whoops). This time about 540 million profiles have been affected, so there’s a good chance they got you.

Last year, a whistleblower from Cambridge Analytica revealed the company had been harvesting data from Facebook, and it was estimated that 87 million accounts were affected. The latest data leak, unearthed by UpGuard, has allegedly compromised the security of at least 540 million profiles.

In a blog post, UpGuard said that their “Cyber Risk team can now report that two more third-party developed Facebook app datasets have been found exposed to the public internet”.

“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. This same type of collection, in similarly concentrated form, has been cause for concern in the recent past, given the potential uses of such data.”