Facebook Owns the Four Top Downloaded Apps
First off, let’s talk about how Facebook is the single most downloaded app. A reported 2.3 billion (yes, BILLION) people have downloaded the Facebook app. The second most downloaded is Facebook Messenger with 1.2 billion users. As you can see, those apps belong to Facebook. What are the other two Facebook owns? I’m glad you asked.
Facebook purchased Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion. The app now has a total of 1 billion users as of 2019. Whatsapp was bought out by Facebook in 2014 for a whopping $19 billion. Today the app boasts 300 million users. Let’s take a quick look at the list of top 10 most downloaded apps just to get a quick peek at the competition.
- Facebook Messenger
- UC Browser
Facebook Bought Cloud Gaming Startup
Facebook has purchased PlayGiga, a cloud gaming startup based out of Madrid for $78 million. Javier Polo founded the startup in 2013. PlayGiga has been working with Telcos to create a streaming game tech for 5G devices. The company has also developed a gaming-as-a-service platform using Intel’s Visual Cloud platform. This will enable Telcos and communication service providers to offer streaming games to customers.
267 Million Facebook Users Have Data Exposed
Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Over 267 million Facebook users have had their data exposed. This data includes ID, phone numbers, and names. Just when you think Facebook has taken two steps forward, they take more than a few steps back.
Security research company, Comparitech and security researcher Bob Diachenko joined forces to investigate and Elastisearch cluster. Researchers found the database was able to be accessed without a password or authentication. The exposed database was immediately reported by Diachenko, but it had already been open for two weeks.
Diachenko believes the information was gathered as an illegal scraping operation or Facebook API abuse by criminals in Vietnam. The data seemed to have been posted as a download on a hacker forum. Information in the database could be used for enormous SMS spam and phishing campaigns among other things.
Now, you might be asking, “What in the world is an Elastisearch cluster?” Allow me to answer that for you. According to elastic.co,
An Elasticsearch cluster is a group of nodes that have the same cluster.name attribute. As nodes join or leave a cluster, the cluster automatically reorganizes itself to evenly distribute the data across the available nodes. If you are running a single instance of Elasticsearch, you have a cluster of one node.”
Facebook has seen its share of challenges. This isn’t the first time the social media platform has had a data breach. I’m sure it won’t be the last. One thing is for sure, they have their toes dipped in quite a few waters.