Digital rights activist buys data of 1.1 million Facebook users for $5

Shawn Knight

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Bogomil Shopova recently purchased a collection of 1.1 million Facebook users' names, IDs and e-mail accounts. Fortunately, the Bulgarian blogger and digital rights activist has no intentions of spamming the list or hacking into accounts- he did it to prove...

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That's what happens when you allow a third-party app that will claim to show you the flavor of the month's "sex tape".


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I do not trust Facebook at all now, and am trying my hardest to get some of my friends to transfer over to Google+ - at which point, I can close my Facebook group for good.


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This is just one of the reasons I have personally dodged both FaceBook and MySpace. The main one being I have no interest in either site. This is definatly a secondary reason. Yet again our personal information is being sold and we so nothing from it. This will prolly be a deathkneel for FB. Once it gets out that ppls personal info is being purchased, FB will have a few lawsuits. They are not protecting their members.


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This is why I barely use Facebook, other than for occasional communications with old friends and such. However, I am very disturbed by the massive move into Facebook by companies and corporations, which seems to be growing constantly. It's getting to the point where you need to have a Facebook account, go to a company's page, and "like" them just to get basic information you want. The depth of Facebook integration that is being implemented is ridiculous, and only seems to be getting worse... But hey, what could possibly go wrong with that? :)


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Oh sh*t! My facebook account is one of those. This guy has no right to my personal info! I don't give a damn that he was proving a point. I don't want him seeing my stuff! This is downright *****ic.


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I wonder if this was before the privacy controls kicked in, because it was just so easy to write a data miner and extract all the information...

Damn it, why didn't I do it so I could get a hamburger now.


Glad I bailed on FB. Never kept much personal info on there but their service has gone from being a convenient tool to a social & privacy nightmare. I had my skepticisms of Google+ when it launched (figured at the time that Facebook would remain solid, thus limiting Google's potential), but if FB keeps this up they're going to go the way of MySpace very quickly, if they aren't well down that road already.


The name you posted consists of a Male first name and Female last name


$5 / (divided) 1.1 million users (1,100,000)

so you are worth about

calculator says 4.5454545454e-6
so about $ .00000045 per person.
I agree with your logic. I too only use bogus info on my Facebook page.
Tempomail disposable email address
NOT my real name
NOT my real location
NOT my real birthday
So if they get it, I'll laugh because they didn't get SH!T.


If u have no need for self-indulgence... then there is no reason to be on a trending social service.

How... or why facebook exists is beyond me..


How... or why facebook exists is beyond me..
My working theory is celebrity culture-induced narcissism combined with mob mentality. People want popularity and attention, Facebook gives them that while skimming a little data off of each minute of fame. Sort of like a deal with the devil. Only, Zuckerberg doesn't require externally-validated teens & young adults to sign in blood, he just requests they turn a blind eye to privacy concerns & click ads on command. *cue sinister conspiracy music*