WASHINGTON – A hacker has compiled a list of information gathered from 100 million Facebook users and made the information available for download. (http://www.skullsecurity.org/)
Ron Bowes of Skull Security created a 2.8 gigabyte file on his Web site containing info – such as individual URLs, phone numbers and e-mail addresses – using a web crawler program that harvested data from Facebook’s open access directory.
The data file, which contains 171 million entries, is not illegal, since information entered into Facebook is public unless security restrictions are put in place.
The data was taken from accounts that had not changed the default security settings or made their pages unavailable to search engines.
In order to check the security settings on your Facebook page, visit ReclaimPrivacy.org, which has an independent and open tool that allows Facebook users to scan their privacy settings.