100 million Facebook profiles leaked
Oh dear. It's that time of the month again where someone points out the problems with Facebook and the dicky privacy settings. This time around, it's actually quite an eye-opener - a directory containing the personal details about more than 100 million Facebook users has appeared on a file-sharing site.
Thinq report that the torrent was compiled by hacker Ron Bowes of Skull Security, who created a web crawler program that purloined data on users contained in Facebook's open access directory... that basically means that it harvested all the info of all the people who couldn't be bothered to change their privacy settings to make their pages unavailable to search engines.
In numbers, Bowes' directory contains 171 million entries, relating to more than 100 million individual users.
The file contains user account names and a URL for each user's profile page, from which details such as addresses, dates of birth or phone numbers can be accessed. If you access a user's profile from the list, you'll be able to click through to other profiles, even if they've been made non-searchable.
So he's going to get the police after him? Not at all. Fact is, he's done nothing illegal because the information he's gathered is publicly available isn't it? Really, he's just created a programme that has taken what has been offered up to him like a sacrificial lamb to a false god. Or something.
Perhaps it is time to update your security settings, eh?