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

By Shawn Knight ยท 17 replies
Oct 26, 2012
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  1. 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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  2. 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".
  3. danhodge

    danhodge TS Member Posts: 80   +13

    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.
  4. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    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.
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    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? :)
  6. TechMancer

    TechMancer TS Member Posts: 56

    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.
  7. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    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.
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    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.
  9. The name you posted consists of a Male first name and Female last name
  10. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    So doing the math, that would value all of facebook's users at around $5k. . . Pretty pathetic.
  11. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    "Security Breach"

    I lol'd
  12. $5 / (divided) 1.1 million users (1,100,000)

    so you are worth about

    calculator says 4.5454545454e-6
    so about $ .00000045 per person.
  13. Pan Wah

    Pan Wah TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +27

    Yes, but there will have been a discount for a bulk purchase?! ;)
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  14. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,304   +648

    On my FB account, it has:
    hotmail as the address
    NOT my real location
    NOT my real birthday
    So if they get it, not much use
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  15. GayWorldOrder

    GayWorldOrder TS Rookie

    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.
  16. 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..
  17. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    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*

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