Facebook leaked developer reports to external testers

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Weekly developer analytics summaries, intended for Facebook’s internal employees, admins, analysts, and developers, have been mistakenly transmitted to external app testers.

The report contained data on percent of the apps that are available on the social media company’s platform. App testers are often outsiders, containing no security clearance to receive such analytics reports due to sensitive business information that is valuable to competitors of apps.

Facebook was notified by one of the developers who found out that an outsider was able to get access to the weekly report. Facebook confirmed the internal mistake caused by the email delivery system. The social media company stated that no personal or contact information had been leaked and the developers who are affected have been notified.

The company has already updated the email delivery system to ensure such incidents do not happen in the future but developers are not too happy about the incident.

With the social media company claiming that over a million apps are available on the platform as of 2017, even a data breach of 3% of the apps remains as a substantial data breach.

With dozens of app testers involved with each app, the report was sent out to thousands of people across the world.

While summary reports contained sensitive data, the external app testers were able to view only a summary of the report and could not obtain full access to information on individual apps.