Friday, July 30, 2010

Details of 100 Million Facebook Users Published Online

Well, republished would be a more appropriate description. The company only copied information people set to be public. If you do not want your information out there, do not put it out there. This is a good reminder of that.

"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.

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