According to a study done at the University of British Columbia, the biggest threat to your Facebook privacy isn't from security holes but from the social network's site inability to stop bot-controlled accounts that befriend users and start collecting personal information.
In a paper to be presented at next month's Annual Computer Security Applications Conference in Orlando, Florida, the researchers said they collected 250 gigabytes of information from Facebook users by using socialbots -- fake Facebook profiles created and controlled by computer code.
The fake Facebookers, who were set up with names, photos and computer-generated status updates, sent friend requests to about 5,000 random Facebook users. When people accepted those friend requests, the socialbots followed up by putting out friend requests to friends of the initial group.
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