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Researchers Used Socialbot To Collect Personal Data

DATA LOSS

November 11, 2011

A study conducted by University of British Columbia researchers says Facebook's security system failed to stop a Facebook imposter  from collecting personal information about thousands of members, reports the Edmonton Journal. The researchers will present a paper at a conference next month announcing that they used "socialbots" to collect 250 gigabytes of information from Facebook users over an eight-week period. The data included e-mail addresses, phone numbers and other profile information, the report states. An Edmonton Journal op-ed says the information the socialbot was able to glean is the fault of the users who uploaded the information, not Facebook.

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