‘Socialbots’ Steal 250GB of User Data in Facebook Invasion

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By: Steven Musil | cnet.com

Programs designed to resemble humans infiltrated Facebook recently and made off with 250 gigabytes of personal information belonging to thousands of the social network’s users, researchers said in an academic paper released today.

The eight-week study was designed to evaluate how vulnerable online social networks are to large-scale infiltrations by programs designed to mimic real users, researchers from the University of British Columbia Vancouver said in the paper (PDF), titled “The Socialbot Network: When bots socialize for fame and money.”

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