For Sale: 1.5 Million Facebook IDs

Posted: Apr 23 2010, 11:06am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:45pm CDT, in News | Technology News

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Nothing you do on the Internet is truly private. Most of is either shared by Facebook and their partners or used by Google to help target ads and do market research. Even if you set your Facebook account up to not share data, someone could just come along and steal it. InfoWorld reports that researchers with VeriSign recently found a hacker selling some 1.5 million Facebook accounts.

The hacker, named Kirllos, is charging between $25-$45 per thousand accounts. Exact prices vary depending on the number of contacts each account has. So far, Kirllos has sold around 700,000 accounts. That's a small fraction of Facebook's 400 million users, but it could mean a lot of trouble for the site.

These hacked accounts won't just be bought and 'appreciated'. Malicious spammers and ID thieves will use them to steal more accounts, infect computers with malware, or con money out of the gullible. The next time one of your online “friends” posts a link to their wall, be extra careful you know where it leads.

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