January 11, 2021

70TB of Parler users’ data leaked by security researchers

Vilius Petkauskas, writing forCyberNews

The scrape includes user profile data, user information, and which users had administration rights for specific groups within the social network. Twitter user @donk_enby, who first announced about the scrape, claims that over a million video URLs, some deleted and private, were taken. 

“These are original, unprocessed, raw files as uploaded to Parler with all associated metadata,” claims one of the authors.

Security researchers claim that the scrapped posts are linked to accounts that posted them, and some of the video and image data have geolocation information. That is said also to include data from Parler’s “Verified Citizens,” users of the network who verified their identity by uploading photographs of government-issued IDs, such as a driver’s license.

I’m not at all surprised by this. I’ve never used Parler, but I’ve heard many things structurally weren’t implemented well, including inconsistent success with photo and link posts and overall formatting. The service sounds half-baked to say the least.

Then there’s the fact Parler is funded by Rebekah Mercer, the same family who funded Cambridge Analytica. As John Gruber said back in November, “To say these people operate in bad faith is to give “bad faith” a bad name.”