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Almost 235 Million YouTube, TikTok and Instagram Profiles Exposed Online by Unsecured Database

25
Aug
2020
Almost 235 Million YouTube, TikTok and Instagram Profiles Exposed Online by Unsecured Database

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A security researcher has found a database with almost 235 social media profiles scraped from the Internet, likely belonging to Social Data.

Public user data is precious, and many companies want to gather it and sell it. Social media networks represent one of the best sources of this information. Many users keep their profiles open, allowing companies such as Deep Social to collect that data and compile it further.

Bob Diachenko from Comparitech found three identical copies of the database online, with profiles taken from YouTube, TikTok and Instagram. While the database belonged to Social Data, the evidence point toward Deep Social, another company used to scrape data from online sources and has since dissolved.

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