Parler Security Alert – 70TB of Private Data Downloaded

by | Jan 12, 2021 | 0 comments

Security researchers claim that they downloaded around 70 to 80 TB data comprising exclusive posts, photos, videos, and messages from the January 6 attack, before Amazon Web Services and multiple other tech firms de-platformed the service. The data is now being distributed online as reported by Hackread.com.

A researcher using the alias donk_enby, who first announced the data scrape, posted on Twitter that most researchers found out about Parler’s seizure after details of its security partner Okta was revealed online by a B2B messaging service provider Twilio.

Millions of Videos, Posts, and Other Data Exposed

Donk_enby wrote that more than a million video URLs, including private data, are part of the data dump. It also included deleted posts because instead of removing the post, Parler removed the pointer to that post to make it inaccessible to users.

Verified Citizens’ Data At Risk

Security researchers claim that the scrapped data is linked to the accounts which posted it. Some of the images and videos also contain geolocation information. Data from Parler’s Verified Citizens refers to the users who had verified their identity by uploading their government-issued ID pictures, such as their driver’s license.

The data is still being processed. However, Trump supporters have already started voicing their concerns regarding the consequences of such large-scale data exposure.

Moreover, it could potentially reveal their last week’s activities in Washington D.C. law enforcement can use this data to identify those who participated in the violent attack on the capital city on January 6th.

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