100 Million Facebook Users Personal Information Leaked and Available For Download
In April 2010 we had informed our readers how 1.5 MN. ‘Hacked’ Facebook profiles on sale in black market.
The list of Facebook users personal information has already been downloaded by over 1,000 people on Pirate Bay, the world’s biggest file-sharing website. One user, going by the name of “lusifer69”, said the list was “awesome and a little terrifying.”
Ron Bowles, an online security consultant, used a code to scan Facebook profiles, collected data not hidden by users’ privacy settings, and compiled a list, which is now available as a downloadable file, containing the URL of every “searchable” Facebook user’s profile, their name and unique ID, the BBC reported Thursday.
Bowles said he published the data to highlight privacy issues, but Facebook retorted by saying the information was already public.
“People who use Facebook own their information and have the right to share only what they want, with whom they want, and when they want,” the website said.
“In this case, information that people have agreed to make public was collected by a single researcher and already exists in Google, Bing, other search engines, as well as on Facebook.”
“No private data is available or has been compromised,” Facebook said.