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Quiz App Left 120 Million Facebook Users’ Data Exposed as Recently as Last Month

Facebook’s race to prove it’s a good and trustworthy company over the last few months kicked off when it was revealed that a quiz app sold user data to a political firm. Now, a different quiz app is getting some heat. A researcher discovered that a third-party app called NameTests left the data of 120 million Facebook users exposed to anyone who happened to find it.

Facebook’s privacy scandal kicked off in March when it was revealed that a data firm hired by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Cambridge Analytica, had illicitly purchased Facebook user data from a professor running a novelty quiz app called “thisisyourdigitallife.” Facebook knew about this violation of its policies and did practically nothing about it for years. But as CEO Mark Zuckerberg started getting hauled in front of lawmakers and investors got nervous, Facebook rolled out changes—some big, some small. An audit of third-party apps resulted in the suspension of around 200 apps in May. But it appears there could be plenty more problems waiting out there as demonstrated by ethical hacker Inti De Ceukelaire’s discovery of the NameTests security flaw.

On Wednesday, De Ceukelaire described the process of reporting a flaw in the website behind the quiz app to Facebook’s newly founded Data Abuse Bounty program. Having never personally used a quiz app, De Ceukelaire started looking at the apps his friends on Facebook had installed. He elected to take his first quiz through the NameTests app. As he started tracing how his data was being handled, he noticed that NameTest’s website was fetching his information from the URL “http://nametests.com/appconfig_user.” His personal data was held in a JavaScript file that could easily be requested by any website that knew to ask.

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