Facebook e la sicurezza dei dati

Facebook’s privacy: a new violation for the social

We all know how much Facebook’s privacy has been criticised, since from the beginning.

After all, the doubts about a platform that makes the data and information of its users sort of public, have always been a lot, and we have previously talked about it. Nevertheless, there’s some recent news about the so-much-talked-about Facebook’s privacy.
As reported by the online newspapers, 267 millions of Facebook’s users have been exposed.
To find out the violation was the security company called Comparitech, which found an online database containing the users’ data of the social network, easily accessible and downloadable, and broke the news on its website.
But what was there in this archive?
It was possible to get information, like the users’ IDs, on the database, which is what identifies the user, their name and their telephone number.

It’s another clamorous case for Mark Zuckerberg’s social, where there’s been an undesired exposition of personal data of its users.
The responsible of this new leaking of information was a hacker attack, which made it possible to access online to an enormous quantity of private information of Facebook’s users.
The consulting could happen in a completely free way, without any request of personal details or not even a password.
This enormous database has been available on the net from the 4th to the 19th of December, for two entire weeks, until the researchers of Comparitech have done the respective reporting to the provider on which it was hosted, and who decided to remove it.
A really significant privacy violation of the users of the most famous and used social network, especially if you consider that the database, beside being online, was also downloadable from a hackers’ forum.
Based on what has been said by the security company that found the database, the data contained in it have been extrapolated from the social through a scraping operation, which is a technique that allows to get data from a website, using specific softwares.

In Facebook’s history, there have been many cases like this: the most recent one dates back to the last September and it’s about a way bigger database than the latter, which got 419 millions of data of the respective Facebook accounts.
So, just considering that this platform is, and always will, one of the favourite targets of the hackers, seems legitimate to be sceptical about the safety of our data.

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