BBC News and PC World are reporting that a security consultant, Ron Bowles of Skull Security, has uploaded the account details of 100 million Facebook users in an effort to highlight privacy issues.
In a statement to BBC News, Facebook said that the information in the list was already freely available online.”People who use Facebook own their information and have the right to share only what they want, with whom they want, and when they want,” the statement read.
“In this case, information that people have agreed to make public was collected by a single researcher and already exists in Google, Bing, other search engines, as well as on Facebook.
“No private data is available or has been compromised,” the statement added.
Not only did he publish the information in one easy to digest 2 GB+ file, he uploaded it as a torrent.
So… um, thanks Ron?