Data Company leaked information about 48 million users of Facebook and other social networking sites

IT | May 13, 2018 | Master3395

Creates comprehensive profiles from publicly available information.

The security company UpGuard reveals a new data leak that involves users on a number of services, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Leave open to everyone
Behind this is the company LocalBlox which tracks and collects public information about users and companies from services like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The company then saves profiles based on the information collected. This can again be used for advertising purposes.

UpGuard found earlier that one of the databases was open online via a hidden, but unlocked Amazon S3 storage device. That way, everyone could download the information. The database contained information about 48 million user accounts obtained from public profiles and joined together.

Opposite GeekWire, LocalBlox boss Ashfaq Rahman says that the company has failed to reproduce the findings of UpGuard, but that they closed access to the client as soon as they received information about it. He emphasized that information to the company has never been or will be used for political purposes.

Extensive profiles
ZDNet has seen the information UpGuard has retrieved and it includes name, physical address, job information and history. All information obtained from the three above-mentioned web communities.

Additionally, search terms appear as LocalBlox uses to browse the email addresses collected through Facebook's search engine. This to extract profile pictures, current job title, and family information. Facebook closed this solution in the wake of the recent Cambridge Analytica disclosure.

Keywords: facebook, linkedin, privacy, twitter

Sources: ZDNet, GeekWire

Author: Master3395


comments powered by Disqus

Page 1 of 345  >  >>

Closes Apple Music Connect permanently


Dec 18, 2018 | Category: Apple | Comments

Get the same treatment as Ping.

Yesterday Apple announced that their Apple Music Connect platform is in an ending process, where the company plans to shut it down, not unlike what happened in 2012 with Ping with similar functionality in iTunes.

read more…

Microsoft has cleared up the Media Player failure


Dec 17, 2018 | Category: Microsoft | Comments

You can download the update now.

You may remember the big rash that has occurred when the October 10 update to Windows 10 broke Windows Media Player, and Microsoft has later promised an update to fix it around mid-December.

read more…

Facebook's headquarters evacuated


Dec 16, 2018 | Category: General | Comments

Received a bomb threat.

American police have gone to the street where both Facebook and the subsidiary Instagram have their headquarters after an anonymous tip came to the New York police.

read more…

Page 1 of 345  >  >>