Details of 100 million Facebook users were *already* exposed on the net

Have you seen the headlines? They’re pretty scary-looking.

Here’s just a handful – although there were hundreds more to choose from:

“A fifth of Facebook users names ‘leaked’ to file-sharers”, Techwatch

“Details from 100 million Facebook profiles posted online”, Network World

“Details of 100m Facebook users collected and published”, BBC News Online

“100 million Facebook accounts exposed”, V3

At first glance these headlines might appear frightening. But there’s one thing you need to know. All of this information was already available to anyone on the internet.


Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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