You can buy a million Facebook users’ names and email addresses for $5.
You’re probably aware that companies are constantly mining your personal data for profit, and that your Facebook presence, in particular, is particularly valuable to unscrupulous customers. But how much do you think it’s worth? $5? $20?
Try $0.000005, at least if you’re willing to buy in bulk.
That’s how much Czech IT Consultant Bogo Shopov says he paid for a spreadsheet filled with a million links to valid Facebook accounts, along with the users’ real names and their associated email addresses.
“I have the bloody habit to look for cheap deals on some websites,” Shopov posted on his blog Sunday. And he certainly found one. At Gigbucks.com, a site where individuals offer various data mining services, one user offered (and still does offer) what seemed to be a ridiculous deal: a million users’ info for a paper Lincoln.
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