from Dominik Zwingmann
A new database with information from over 235 million users of the TikTok, YouTube and Instagram social networks has appeared on the Internet. Inside the records are details like names, contact information, pictures and more. There is some suspicion that the leak came from a company called Deep Social. But they have already denied the allegations in a statement.

According to reports, the data of millions of accounts from various social networks are said to have been published on the Internet again. In the current case, they are probably users of TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. Over 235 million profiles with personal details such as names, pictures or contact information were discovered in the past few days. The report comes from The Next Web.

The database found is said to have been created using web scraping. This is a technique in which all data from websites is extracted and stored. This information is then analyzed and used when relevant details have been found.

A company called Deep Social has come under a bit of pressure. As early as August 1st, three identical copies of the database were found by security researcher Bob Diachenko with a link to Deep Social. But the company no longer exists. Even if networks like TikTok, YouTube and Instagram prohibit web scraping in their guidelines, this method has not yet been classified as illegal. Deep Social has also made a statement on the case and made it clear that all this data is available to every Internet user. So far, TikTok, YouTube and Instagram have not yet commented on the topic. Further Database details can also be found in the report from The Next Web behind the source.

Source: The Next Web

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