A Bulgarian blogger recently claimed that he was able to purchase 1 million Facebook user data entries for a mere $5. Facebook has now requested him to stop talking about this issue.

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Recently, the social media sprang into commotion when a blogger claimed that he was able to buy over a million Facebook data entries for a mere $5. The blogger, Bogomil Shopov, has now said that Facebook is trying to quiet things down on this scandal.


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As soon as Shopov claimed that he had 1 million entries of the profile data of Facebook’s users, the social network’s Platform Policy Team was right at his heels. The team requested him to submit them a copy of data and destroy the original copy.

At the same time, he was asked to remove the original blog post in which he revealed the purchase. Naturally, Shopov, who also happens to be a digital rights activist, refused to do so. Facebook further requested him not to talk to anyone about the ongoing investigations to which Shopov also refused.

The social network is fairly quiet about how it is handling the situation and how it may try to discern the leak that resulted in the release of such a huge number of user data entries. Nonetheless, it has issued a statement which says that it will look into this case.

According to a Facebook spokesperson, “Facebook is vigilant about protecting our users from those who would try to expose any form of user information. In this case, it appears someone has attempted to scrape information from our site. We have dedicated security engineers and teams that look into and take aggressive action on reports just like these. We continue to investigate this specific individual.”

The real concern that this particular incident raises is that if someone can buy 1 million user data entries for a mere $5, there is virtually an endless amount of stolen user data that may be available to hackers out there. And the very thought is haunting.

Source: Talk Web

Courtesy: Read Write

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