100 Million Facebook Profiles Hit the Torrents

Earlier this week, roughly 100 million Facebook accounts were bundled together in a 2.8GB package and put on the torrents for anyone to download. Mind you, the information contained in the package was just a result of a programmed spider crawling on open Facebook profiles mining anything that was public information.

Clint, a Gizmodo reader, used Peer Block to checked out who else was downloading the torrent file and matched the IP addresses to corporations. Turns out that businesses (or at least those who are working for those business and using BitTorrent at work) are quite interested in the information of 100 million Facebook users.

The list includes:

A.C. Nielsen Agilent Technologies Apple AT&T - Possible Macrovision Baker & McKenzie BBC Bertelsmann Media Boeing Church of Scientology Cisco Systems Cox Enterprises Davis Polk & Wardwell Deutsche Telekom Disney Duracell Ernst & Young Fujitsu Goldman Sachs Halliburton HBO & Company Hilton Hospitality Hitachi HP IBM Intel Intuit Levi Strauss & Co. Lockheed-Martin Corp Lucasfilm Lucent Lucent Technologies Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Mcafee MetLife Mitsubishi Motorola Northrop Grumman Novell Nvidia O'Melveny & Myers Oracle Corp Pepsi Cola Procter and Gamble Random House Raytheon Road Runner RRWE Seagate Sega Siemens AG SONY CORPORATION Sprint Sun Microsystems Symantec The Hague Time Warner Telecom Turner Broadcasting system Ubisoft Entertainment Unisys United Nations Univision USPS Viacom Vodafone Wells Fargo Xerox PARC

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Now the only thing on the news for the next 2 weeks will be fools moaning to reporters about Facebook privacy and how they were too dumb to change privacy settings.
  • dylansaliba
    The big eye, always watching.....WATCHING!!!!!!
  • beans4you
  • jdog2pt0
    Glad my privacy is cranked up then.
  • blacksins
  • shovenose
  • JasonAkkerman
    I got the list and compared it to a .csv export of my friends list. I'm proud to say that not one of my friends showed up on the list.

    /scripted it in vb.net
  • JasonAkkerman
    kkoraythis is bullshit news. liars learn and make news. 2.8gb packages has only first name and last name nothing else. it is just name database. 100 million bundles together bullshit. who cares about just a name file.
    It wasn't just a name list. There was also a 10 GB file with all the URL's to their accounts. Sense you know their privacy settings are set low, you can use to URL's to mine their data.
  • jsc
    Another reason that I am not on Facebook.
  • anamaniac
    No Microsoft and ATi?
    Wait, does that mean that, unlike Apple and Nvidia, they actually make good products instead of spending all their time on marketing? :)

    The lack of privacy anywhere scares me. Whether it be online or in the streets, and some times in my very own home.
    Privacy is a RIGHT, damned marketing groups (and a few select abusive local police) should learn that already.