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Gingersnap
07-29-2010, 12:56 PM
Details of 100 million Facebook users published online

Users' personal information cannot now be made private, security consultant says thepiratebay.org
Screen capture of Facebook directory downloadmsnbc.com
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The personal details of 100 million Facebook users have been collected and published online in a downloadable file, meaning they will now be unable to make their publicly available information private.

However, Facebook downplayed the issue, saying that no private data had been compromised.

The information was posted by Ron Bowes, an online security consultant, on the Internet site Pirate Bay.

Bowes used code to scan the 500 million Facebook profiles for information not hidden by privacy settings. The resulting file, which allows people to perform searches of various different types, has been downloaded by several thousand people.

This means that if any of those on the list decide to change their privacy settings on Facebook, Bowes and those who have the file will still be able to access information that was public when it was compiled.

Bowes’ actions also mean people who had set their privacy settings so their names did not appear in Facebook’s search system can now be found if they were friends with anyone whose name was searchable.

'Scary privacy issue'
On his website, www.skullsecurity.org, Bowes said the results of his code were "spectacular," giving him 171 million names of which were 100 million unique.

"As I thought more about it and talked to other people, I realized that this is a scary privacy issue. I can find the name of pretty much every person on Facebook," he wrote.

"Facebook helpfully informs you that "[a]nyone can opt out of appearing here by changing their Search privacy settings" — but that doesn't help much anymore considering I already have them all (and you will too, when you download the torrent). Suckers!"

Interesting.

MSNBC (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38463013/ns/technology_and_science/?GT1=43001)

RockerWolf
07-29-2010, 08:36 PM
Interesting.

MSNBC (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38463013/ns/technology_and_science/?GT1=43001)

Only thing i can think is meh,i'm going to cancel my Facebook account later if i can.

hopefully it will be the start of the end for facebook.

Gingersnap
07-29-2010, 08:46 PM
Only thing i can think is meh,i'm going to cancel my Facebook account later if i can.

hopefully it will be the start of the end for facebook.

All your data is already captured. You can delete your account but the damage is done.

fettpett
07-29-2010, 10:13 PM
I took mine off months ago...their privacy stuff has really annoying the piss out of me

Rockntractor
07-29-2010, 10:31 PM
People have pestered me to join facebook for months now and I wouldn't do it. I never trusted them.