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Amazon Cloud Storage Dilemma Exposed in Facebook's Latest Leak

  • Servers had 540 million pieces of info accessible to public
  • Find raises questions about who oversees privacy in the cloud
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Finding Facebook Data on Amazon Cloud Servers Wasn't Hard, UpGuard's Vickery Says

After security researcher Chris Vickery discovered millions of records from Facebook Inc. users sitting unsecured on a public database, he tried for weeks to get Amazon.com Inc., owner of the servers where the data were stored, to take it down.

“We’re looking into the situation and assessing any extra steps we can take,” came the response from Amazon security staff to one of Vickery’s follow-up messages on Feb. 21 -- three weeks after he initially brought the data exposure to Amazon’s attention.