We have some worrying news to report now, as it has been confirmed that the personal details of over 100 million Facebook accounts have been obtained and they are now available to download via bittorrent.
According to this report from PC World, Ron Bowes of Skull Security is the person responsible for creating the torrent. By using a web crawler program, he was able to harvest all the personal information from those who decided not to change their privacy settings on Facebook.
This means of course, that Facebook accounts without privacy settings are open to everyone to view publicly, so there is nothing illegal in what Ron Bowes has done. Here is what he had to say on this:
“…this is a scary privacy issue. I can find the name of pretty much every person on Facebook…Once I have the name and URL of a user, I can view, by default, their picture, friends, information about them, and some other details.”
Just to give you an idea of this, Ron Bowes now has access to the personal details of 1 in 5 members on Facebook. Question is though – does he have your information stored in that torrent file?
How does it feel knowing that your info may be in the possession of other users? Let us know your thoughts on this – we’ll update you on this story later.
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