171 million Facebook users info leaked

July 29th, 2010 - 8:12 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

facebook New York, July 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A hacker at the Skull Security - Ron Bowes has managed to compile a list of 171 million Facebook users information onto his website. The compiled list is a whooping 2.8 gigabyte file.

The list which includes phone numbers, URLs and e-mail addresses and it was made available for download on the Bowes website. The interesting fact is that the list is not illegal because the data is made public by default by Facebook. What this means is that the list could be obtained by anyone.

However if you have changed your privacy settings to private, there is a chance your information is not among the data that was captured by the hacker. According to the information available on the leak, the hacker managed to get access to the information after it used web crawler software to phish the information from Facebook’s open access directory.

Facebook is under intense pressure to change its privacy policy. Until now, Facebook has maintained that the issue of privacy should be left to the user to handle but considering events that has happened previously, it is clear that Facebook might not be able to hold on to that policy for much longer.

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