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Details of 100m Facebook users collected and published

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#1 Budapest


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Posted 28 July 2010 - 05:00 PM

Personal details of 100m Facebook users have been harvested and published on the net by a security consultant.

Ron Bowles used a piece of code to scan Facebook profiles, collecting data not hidden by the user's privacy settings.

The list, which has been shared as a downloadable file, contains the URL of every searchable Facebook user's profile, their name and unique ID.

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#2 Romeo29


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Posted 29 July 2010 - 12:20 AM

If the details are already available over the Facebook site, then why did this person take all this trouble ? This can be possibly used for offline data searching but other than that I do not see any point.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 01:40 AM

I would think it is more to raise awareness...
Sadly many people still aren't aware that the internet is not a private place and that statements made on the public can be read by everybody.

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#4 nqzdepofltr


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Posted 11 August 2010 - 09:40 AM

I heard that major companies will harvest Facebook data to use it for screening employees.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 11:52 AM

That is True. The IRS is also using Facebook to search for people with personal business that arent claiming the income on taxes.

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