Massive US Military Social Media Spying Archive Left Wide Open

(The Register) Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing “dozens of terabytes” of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest.

Massive US Military Social Media Spying Archive Left Wide Open

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The archives were found by veteran security breach hunter UpGuard’s Chris Vickery during a routine scan of open Amazon-hosted data silos, and these ones weren’t exactly hidden.

The buckets were named centcom-backup, centcom-archive, and pacom-archive.

CENTCOM is the common abbreviation for the US Central Command, which controls army operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

PACOM is the name for US Pacific Command, covering the rest of southern Asia, China and Australasia.

Vickery told The Register today he stumbled upon them by accident while running a scan for the word “COM” in publicly accessible S3 buckets. After refining his search, the CENTCOM archive popped up, and at first he thought it was related to Chinese multinational Tencent, but quickly realized it was a US military archive of astounding size.

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“For the research I downloaded 400GB of samples but there were many terabytes of data up there,” he said. “It’s mainly compressed text files that can expand out by a factor of ten so there’s dozens and dozens of terabytes out there and that’s a conservative estimate.”

Just one of the buckets contained 1.8 billion social media posts automatically fetched over the past eight years up to today. It mainly contains postings made in central Asia, however Vickery noted that some of the material is taken from comments made by American citizens…

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  • Janelle

    Talk about data breaches……..yikes.

  • Gregg Parker

    Accidentally on purpose… another strong message. The records linking many people through many investigations really exists and can be made available any time they see fit… Q anon has made reference to the massive amount of raw data collection which was authorized from the time Bush was in office and the use of AI to sort and connect the pieces… lots of p00p squeaking out in a lot of drawers while other people are scratching their heads saying, “What’s this all about?…

  • Bruce Welty

    “these ones”??

  • GotURnumber

    Look if the agencies collecting this crap cannot even protect its distribution on level one secured servers then they for sure have no right to even be involved with gathering it in the first place. The more I learn of so called “Government Secure Servers” the more it makes me think simple password protects at our local banks are more secure than Top Secret information held in the Government data bases. We have to question if we even have the ability to secure our treasures of data at all with the yo-yo’s running the show.

  • Sylvia Avila

    Time to Fire! someone, how stupid, careless, and very irresponsible! But it seems our Gov’t is just that. Look at what we as a Congress? Right nothing but fools!