100 million Facebook profiles leaked

29 July 2010

facebookOh 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?

TOPICS:   Technology   Social Media   Privacy


  • Jonny S.
    Everything on my profile is set to friends only. Thus I'm afraid Mr Hacker would of gotten my URL and name. That's about it.
  • james d.
    they weren't "leaked" though now were they, they were publicly available on the internet. Someone has just gathered them together. If these people didnt want their information publcly available on the internet they should not have set their privacy settings to public.
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  • PokeHerPete
    I think I better stop string my card details on Facebook...
  • PokeHerPete
    *storing I failed Engrish
  • PaulH
  • blagga
    @PokeHerPete - yes, so would Jonny Spadex "of" too...
  • Zleet
    Who would be dumb enough to put their home address and phone number on facebook? Facebook is shit anyway, the privacy setting update they did a while ago blocked me from using 'friend of a friend' access to perv on my mates nineteen year old sister so what's the point of it now?
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