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100m Facebook users' data leaked!

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  1. Invisible

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    Details of 100m Facebook users collected and published

    By Daniel Emery
    Technology reporter, BBC News
    28 July 2010


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    The torrent is attracting hundreds of downloads


    The personal details of more than 100 million Facebook users have been harvested and published on the net.

    Ron Bowles, an online security consultant, used a simple piece of code to collect the data from Facebook.

    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.

    Mr Bowles said he published the data to highlight privacy issues, but Facebook said it was already public information.

    The file has spread rapidly across the net.

    On the Pirate Bay, the world's biggest file-sharing website, the list was being distributed and downloaded by more than 1,000 users.

    One user, going by the name of lusifer69, described the list as "awesome and a little terrifying".

    In a statement to BBC News, Facebook said that the information in the list was already freely available online.

    "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 statement read.

    "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," the statement added.

    'Privacy confusion'


    But Simon Davies from the watchdog Privacy International told BBC News that Facebook had been given ample warning that something like this would happen.

    "Facebook should have anticipated this attack and put measures in place to prevent it," he said

    "It is inconceivable that a firm with hundreds of engineers couldn't have imagined a trawl of this magnitude and there's an argument to be heard that Facebook have acted with negligence, he added.

    Mr Davies said that the trawl of data fed into "the confusion of the privacy settings".
    "People did not understand the privacy settings and this is the result," he said.

    Earlier this year there was a storm of protest from users of the site over the complexity of Facebook's privacy settings. As a result, the site rolled out simplified privacy controls.

    Facebook has a default setting for privacy that makes some user information publicly available. People have to make a conscious choice to opt-out of the defaults.

    "It is similar to the white pages of the phone book, this is the information available to enable people to find each other, which is the reason people join Facebook," said a spokesman for the firm.

    "If someone does not want to be found, we also offer a number of controls to enable people not to appear in search on Facebook, in search engines, or share any information with applications."

    But Mr Davies disagreed, saying the default settings should be changed.
    "This highlights the argument for a higher level of privacy and proves the case for default nondisclosure," he said.

    "There are going to be a lot of angry and concerned people right now who be wondering who has their data and what they should do."

    However, Mr Davies pointed out that this was something of an "ethical attack" and that more personal information, such as email addresses, phone numbers and postal addresses had not been included in the trawl.

    Do you use Facebook and is your profile public? Are you concerned about your privacy on social networks? Are you affected by any other issues raised in this story?
     
  2. Richard

    Richard JF-Expert Member

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    People have to learn how to use these social networks as a case sensitive issue. To allow defaults in social networks will only bring a disaster to the users who will be affected
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    The majority of Facebook's default privacy should be fine for most people but some certainly demand closer scrutiny. For example, some people won't be keen on the idea of just anyone (even friends of friends) being able to look at photos and videos in which they have been ‘tagged' (where someone takes a photo and then identifies the people in it with tags). To change this, open the dropdown menu next to this setting and choose Customise from the menu. Then, at the dialogue box, open the dropdown menu again and choose a more appropriate setting, in this case ‘Only me'.



     
  3. Kiranga

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    While the info for individual users and indeed collectively i already public, the fact that this info can be easily harvested in gigs is not good.
     
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    Waooooooooooooooooooooooo so what???????????
     
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    Kwa nini?
     
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    How exactly do you "leak" public data?
     
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    This is a wake up call that nothing is imprenetrable. Some data could only be put under your pillow in order to be safe
     
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    Yaani sehemu zote mazee umeona under your pillow ndio pana usalama ?

    Watu wameforge the big head $ 100 bill the first week ilipotoka, wewe unasema under your pillow ?

    Kuna profesa wa China huko ka crack SHA-1 security (if you are familiar with computer security this was supposed to be impregnable) kwa mkono, na kwa kutumia computer za kawaida tu. Ona http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-1-11/50336.html

    What is made by man, can be taken apart.You just have to do your utmost to make sure it doesn't happen easily and to you.
     
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    The article already addresses that, and this is a Facebook pitch, I wouldn't expect security conscious users to swallow this.

    It is one thing to put your public data on Facebook.My thing here is that somebody can do data mining on Facebook and collect information from 100m users, put it on one file, and torrent it. There are all sorts of implications from spam (electronic spam and junk mail snail mail) to making identity theft much easier.

    Tatizo linakuja hii breach ina violate good faith ya security kati ya users na Facebook.
     
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    Kwa sababu hapa una introduce element ya datamining ambayo haikuwapo mwanzo.
     
  11. Kang

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    Hii sio breach ya aina yoyote, ni kama kwenda JF kisha nikasave page zote, sio breach hii.

    Users wameweka info zote kwenye Facebook kwa hiari ziwe public, sasa hapo kuna violation gani imetokea? Kama hautaki watu waone weka private au usiweke kabisa, its quite simple. Pia public profile haina info kama email wala address, so hilo la spam halipo, mi naona waandishi hawajaelewa kilichotokea au wamekosa habari za kuandika.
     
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    Yah, navyoona ni vita vya kibiashara. There is nothing unusual. It's doesn't qualify as a security breach.
     
  13. Kiranga

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    Tofautisha hack na security breach. Hii si hack, ila ni data mining inayo amount to a security breach/ privacy invasion. Wajerumani wamekataza Google kupiga picha za nje ya nyumba zao kwa matumizi ya Street View feature ya Google map, while at the same time hizi nyumba ziko visible publicly. Hapa kuna swala zima la data mining, cataloguing and storing this information centrally linalosababisha hii issue iwe a security issue.

    Again, the fact that this is not a hack does not mean kwamba siyo security breach. Mtu akija kupiga picha za nyumba zote mtaani akawa anazisave katika hard drive yake lazima mjiulize anazitaka kwa matumizi gani, hata kama images za nyumba zenu ziko publicly accessible.
     
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    so what is the real solution for this cause?
     
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    Wamekusanya, hawajachimba, data za wazi.

    Na hata wangechimba si adili baya maana hata tafiti za sayansi zinategemea zana ya kusanya data wazi.
     
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    Kukusanya na kuchimba tofauti yake nini?

    Ukichukua chukua data wazi ovyo ovyo na kufanyia tafiti zako za kisayansi bila kuwaomba watu ruhusa kutumia data zaoa hizo hizo zilizo wazi unaweza kupigwa suit.
     
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    From your Facebook profile dashboard click on 'Account' in the upper right hand side of your dashboard. Select 'Privacy Settings,' and then on the next page under 'Basic Directory Information' click on 'View Settings.' . If the first listing called "Search for me on Facebook" is set to "Everyone." Then chances are, your name and profile URL are in the torrent file The Facebook Data Torrent Debacle: Q&A - Yahoo! News
     
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    Sasa ukipiga picha mwenyewe na ukaenda kuzibandika kwenye public website nayo utasema ni breach? Watu wote wameweka info za facebook kwa hiari hawakuja nyumbani kwao kuwapiga picha na kuchukua data zao, if you want something to be private DON'T post it on the public net, seems very simple to me.
     
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    Unaelewa tofauti ya mtu kuweka picha yake na mtu mwingine kuvuna picha zote kwenye file moja? Unaelewa implications zake?
     
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