02. August 2010 · Comments Off on Details of 100 million Facebook users published – lazy consumer marketers love it · Categories: Privacy, Security-Compliance · Tags:

ITPRO reported that Ron Bowes, a hacker/security consultant from Skull Security, gathered the personal details of 100 million Facebook users from Facebook’s user directory using Facebook’s standard APIs, and published them in a downloadable file on Pirate Bay.

I suppose that Ron only got 20% of the Facebook population is a reflection of how most people have set their privacy settings. This jives (via ars technica) with a study conducted by researchers at Northeastern and Harvard and published in First Monday showing that college students do in fact care about their privacy on Facebook.

Or maybe Facebook does not really have 500 million users.

What’s even more interesting, are the lazy consumer oriented companies that downloaded the file! I say lazy because they could have done the same thing themselves. Gizmodo, published the list of companies!