I just bought more than 1 million …Facebook data entries. OMG! /updated/

I have the bloody habit to look for cheap deals on some websites and today I’ve got the featured offer to buy more than 1 million Facebook entries containing Full Name, e-mail and Facebook profile URL.
I make a quick check over the data and surprise, surprise: most of them are real and I even know some of those users.

1 million Facebook accounts? WTF?

The description of the offer says:

The information in this list has been collected through our Facebook apps and consists only of active Facebook users, mostly from the US, Canada, UK and Europe. There are users from other countries as well but they are almost exclusively English speaking as well, as all the apps we provide are written in English and to use them properly one needs to read the instructions. The list is checked and validated once a month so you won’t get a list full of invalid or duplicate email addresses. Whether you are offering a Facebook, Twitter, social media related or otherwise a general product or service, this list has a great potential for you. Finally, the list is in a zipped excel format split into 12 sheets, each sheet containing roughly 100,000 email addresses with name, last name and facebook profile information separated with comma.


Do you still feel secure?

Oh yes, the deal price was 5$ – five u.s dollars.

Oh, this is not the end of the story. I ve’got a phone call from them.

(Update): No, Facebook, I don’t want my 5$ back, but I want something from (for) you.


  82 comments for “I just bought more than 1 million …Facebook data entries. OMG! /updated/

  1. October 28, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Our private details are out there, they worth money and we get non of it.
    Check out this cool animation about a software offering a cool solution.

    Don’t get mad, get even :)

  2. October 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Well. I don’t think it’s hard to get and download all that information. The problem is, in my opinion, about the offer. Isn’t it?

  3. October 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    LOL. And that story made all of the news all over the world? 1 milion useless info ?!? How about the one who hacked 3.6 SSN (including credit cards) from USA ? Now that is a story. This is bullshit.

  4. allak
    October 31, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Personally i don’t give a crap if someone has my full name and email and facebook lol…so what. internet and facebook is not my life lol…who gives a shit.

  5. L
    November 1, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Nevidím v tom až takový problém. V podstatě jen nejspíš vzali seznam e-mailů, a vyhledávali podle nich účty na FB. Vyzkoušej zadat e-mail do vyhledávání přímo na FB.
    Nejtěžší by na tom bylo vyrobit robota, který by se zvládl přihlásit, a zadával jeden email za druhým – ale to by neměl být problém s toolem typu Selenium.

  6. November 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    That is not something new yo just gave it publicity. FB is scraped daily for user info and they need to educate their users more how to protect themselves.

  7. Parala
    November 17, 2012 at 2:11 am

    A lot of FB users are, ‘Not The Sharpest Knifes In The Drawer?’ D’Oh! Posting on FB is like sending a postcard thru any mail service; any one can read it & anyone can add, change, remove, whatever they want!?!

  8. November 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

    We have a facebook account and we published the information willfully. I do not understand why is this such a problem because you may chose to hide the email as well as other personal information. From the URL with a scrapper you will get very little information. If you get their password (as happened several times a few years back) than I can see the problem. If there are any bugs in the FB that disclose information that it was not supposed to be disclosed, again I can see a problem. But scrapping content that users are willingly make public, why is this a problem? It’s pretty much useless the list and have very little to do with FB. (locuri de munca)

  9. gisallka
    November 27, 2012 at 4:53 am

    whats that. Im not made of glass so everybody could see through me!!

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  12. December 21, 2012 at 7:28 am

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  13. Raze
    December 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Hhahah I always love the outraged comments.

    I can always see them live:
    Some suited up people knock at their door and say more or less “hey how about we shove some millions down your pockets, all you have to do is let us do whatever we want with user data?”

    Yeah you know you see em very much saying “No I’m an honorable person and I prefer sucking it up a the increasingly marauderous labor market doing 6 day 12-13-14-15 hour job shifts. I mean I could never be persuaded to betray the people’s interests – particularly those fools who don’t care to know better or do anything about it.”

    Thats exactly how its going to work right?

    And fb is just the first site that has really elevated the formula.
    It provides all the gossip goodness for all the mass of social cripples that need it to feel relevant. And all you have to do is trade in your dignity at the agreement to use it. Its a seamless transaction.

    And lets face it, it’s not really an issue of privacy. It’s a bigger issue of they’ve been allowed to go this far without much objection, not any effective ones any way. Now that they have them and others will feel comfortable demanding even more marauder policies so we can use their shit.

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