Researchers steal Facebook user data with army of socialbots

By Leeky
Nov 2, 2011
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  1. Researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver used a small array of scripts programmed to pass themselves off as real people to steal 250GB of personal information from Facebook…

    Read the whole story
  2. example1013

    example1013 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 280

    Well, color me surprised.
  3. “We use a combination of three systems here to combat attacks like this – friend request and fake account classifiers, and rate-limiting techniques. These classifiers block and disable inauthentic friend requests and fake accounts while rate-limiting truncates the damage that can be done by any one entity.”

    I believe you,ignore the rest of the article
  4. OH NOES!!!!!!!!!!!!! they have my useless info!!!! what will i ever do?????
  5. Cota

    Cota TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 521   +8

    The real weakness in here is the people wanting to have more "friends", else just check your "friends list on any social network, i bet that most of the people have at least 1 person who they don't really know at all!
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,319   +370

    I wonder how much the Facebook games tie into this. I don't play them myself, but from what I understand, the more friends you have, the more items you get in your game. So people accept friend requests from anyone just to build up their game numbers. There's a lady in our office who plays 2-3 of the Facebook games and has over 700 friends. But really only personally knows maybe 30 of them. She could care less about their personal info - and as soon as she accepts some stranger as a friend to build up her gaming stats, immediately blocks their posts from her view.
  7. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,232   +119

    Quote "and with further refinements they managed to achieve a success rate of around 80-percent in later rounds of friendship requests"

    Im guessing most facebook users must be either vain, stupid, or lonely to produce such a staggering figure.
  8. RH00D

    RH00D TechSpot Booster Posts: 387   +97

    I'm not "best friends" with everyone on my Facebook friends list but I do know they are real people and I was friends with them at one point in my life if they are on my friends list. The reason people's privacy gets exposed so badly is mostly just because of their own lack of common sense. I'm not saying that's the only reason, just the biggest reason.
  9. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 186

    oh no! an evil corperation now knows my favorite colour and tv shows, we're doooooomed!
  10. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 807   +91

    lol I've tried to tell people about this...
  11. DanUK

    DanUK TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 189   +7

    While it may not be a big deal for you.. looking at some of my friends profiles, they put like all of their personal details on there. $ waiting to be farmed.
     
  12. The wolves enter the fold...
  13. Facebook data poorly secured, nothing new here, move along...
  14. lipe123

    lipe123 TechSpot Guru Posts: 411   +75

    It doesnt matter if the data required a retinal scan and a 5million bit encryption key to access if you just open the door to strangers.

    Don't blame facebook because its users are so stupid that they just accept friend requests from anything and anyone.
  15. Just don't put any information on your profile. Your friends should know who you are anyways. Besides, facebook sells this info to ad companies.


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