Why Do Hackers Want Facebook Data, Part I of II – Imperva Data Security Blog

Everyone thinks that Facebook doesn’t know much about you. But a 1200 page PDF file of personal data seems excessive. And this article explains why it’s bad for your social health if entities can get at that data (usually via Facebook apps). I’m worried, you should be too.

Also, Security and Networking  Professional should not be on Facebook – too much data is being leaked for safety.

Late in 2011, Max Schrems asked Facebook for a profile the social networking company assembled based on his posts, likes and friends. Max received a 1200 page PDF file with lots of personal details. Being a law student, understandably, Max examined the information from a privacy perspective. But what about security? We examined the content from Max’s report and asked:

What Facebook data do hackers find interesting (part I)?

How can hackers go about and obtain that data (part II)?

In the first of this two-part series we’ll tackle each question respectively. But before we do, some background on personal information and social media:

Facebook contains much more data than most people realize. Again, Max Schrems got a 1200 page document from Facebook. Max noted that the document contained not just a lot information about him—but on his friends as well.

via Why Do Hackers Want Facebook Data, Part I of II – Imperva Data Security Blog.

About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at EtherealMind.com and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

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