Facebook Data Found Online
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013 file photo, Chuck Goolsbee, site director for Facebook's Prineville data centers, shows the computer servers that store users' photos and other data at the Facebook site in Prineville Ore. Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website for hackers. The information appears to be several years old, but it is another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is. (Andy Tullis/The Bulletin via AP, File)
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Facebook data on more than 500 mil accounts found online

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Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website for hackers.

The information appears to be several years old, but it is another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is.

The availability of the data set was first reported by Business Insider. According to that publication, it has information from 106 countries including phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, and email addresses.

Facebook has been grappling with data security issues for years. In 2018, the social media giant disabled a feature that allowed users to search for one another via phone number following revelations that the political firm Cambridge Analytica had accessed information on up to 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge or consent.

In December 2019, a Ukrainian security researcher reported finding a database with the names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users — nearly all U.S.-based — on the open internet. It is unclear if the current data dump is related to this database.

“This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019," the Menlo Park, California-based company said in a statement. “We found and fixed this issue in August 2019.”

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Facebook data on more than 500 mil accounts found online

Where else would you find such data - in a printed book? Title needs a rework.

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Any data you give to any social network will be public. If not today, eventually - like this year.

Don't forget this from 2019:

https://www.theregister.com/2019/03/08/facebook_privacy_transcript/

Nothing appears to have changed.

Why does facebook need our name or phone number or location or .... any other data they demand now? They don't. They WANT it and want the real information to bridge the virtual-internet world with the real-we-can-get-paid world. Android and iOS are products from the enabler companies - google and apple.

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@theFu - I have never used Facebook. They "need" this data because the users' data is the real product.

I am not a fan of Zuckerburg but he deserves credit for being brutally honest when he stated that people that turn over their data are "dumb fu**s".

https://www.esquire.com/uk/latest-news/a19490586/mark-zuckerberg-called-people-who-handed-over-their-data-dumb-f/

Facebook is a private company and people can choose to participate or not. I choose not to but I have good friends who choose to use it to keep in touch with old friends, etc. There have been times I have been tempted to join for that same reason but I have not done so yet. There will probably be some time, and it will likely be quite soon, when privacy quite literally no longer exists and at that point I may reconsider.

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including phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, and email addresses.

Everything a social engineer needs to clean someone out.

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What is happening ???. Please compensate us.

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What is happening ???. Please compensate us

Why? Individuals handed their data over to fakebook willingly. If anything it sort of serves them right for being so gullible to trust an organization like fakebook with their personal information. I never gave them anything and would not. I'm not of fakebook but who cares? Why is it even important?

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Most people spent the 20th century listing their names, addresses and phone numbers in public phone directories for general utility. Some folk were ex-directory. This mix has just transitioned online.

Users of FB, who considerably outnumber the vocal minority of active refuseniks, are happy with the trade for free use of social media networks in return for access to their data. They place a much higher value on the functionality which they feel improves their lives, keeping them connected with people and information, and offering them validation.

After two decades, I haven't seen much improvement in the quality of personalised ads. I suspect that the data scalping/'AI' model to personalise ads, adds much less value than the industry suggests. The money may be better spent simply producing better adverts. Simpler, internalised ads (Amazon's 'People who bought this also bought these') work much better. I guess folk still like to see 'AI' on the label before they buy their magic snakeoil.

Simply requesting users to create an advertising profile for themselves, based on their hobbies and lifestyle aspirations, may produce a better model than all the iffy 'AI' GAFA can throw at the process. That would allow them to move away from scalping and handling data. And that would permit them to evade the enforced responsibility of censoring and monitoring content by flipping to a distributed topology. FB would never need to see your posts, so would have no role in censoring or blocking them, but could remain ad-funded. It is a better model.

The distributed model can also improve security. Any servers with a lot of user data are attractive to hackers - it is worth the effort to target them with malware. Distribute that data on to users' own systems and you replace a small number of big juicy targets with a vast number of tiny targets, none of which are worth the effort.

If governments do wish to use the endless scare stories about tech that the media run to increase control of GAFA, loot it for cash, carve it up or take it down, it will backfire, certainly in the US. GAFA enforced a degree of global dominance in tech for the US (and for the NSA). If Biden undermines that, a new generation of non-US or Chinese-aligned alternatives will take their place with simpler services and distributed topologies.

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Found online within Facebook itself!

It's a bit harder to do these days, but simply, just setup a fake email account, linked to a fake mobile number, and use both to register with Facebook, and you're done. Who care's if you get hacked.... just don't associate your Credit card/Bank details with that account.

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