Tech & Science Facebook removes accounts advertising stolen identities

10:01  25 april  2018
10:01  25 april  2018 Source:

Facebook fuels broad privacy debate by tracking non-users

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Facebook removed both pages after Business Insider inquired about them. But even several days Angel Grant, director of fraud, risk intelligence, and identity management at the security consultant firm RSA While it might seem odd for criminals to openly sell stolen credit card accounts on Facebook

a drawing of a person: FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration© REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration Facebook Inc has removed a number of accounts and pages that advertised and sold social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and alleged credit card numbers of dozens of people, following a report by news website Motherboard.

"Posts containing information like social security numbers or credit card information are not allowed on Facebook, and we remove this material when we become aware of it," a Facebook spokesman said on Tuesday.

Facebook is probably tracking you whether you use it or not -- and it doesn't really give you a choice

  Facebook is probably tracking you whether you use it or not -- and it doesn't really give you a choice Facebook collects data on non-users and logged out users alike, a company representative acknowledged Monday in a blog post.&nbsp;Facebook tracks users who visit apps and websites that have incorporated services like its "like" and "share" buttons, David Baser, the company's product management director, said in a blog postMonday. Because the sites and apps don't know which of their visitors and users are signed up with Facebook, they can't distinguish between users and non-users of the social network when sending data to Facebook, Baser said.

But now it's clear those trolls went a step further: Actually stealing the identities of real Americans to impersonate US voices online and hide their tracks. Facebook didn't respond to WIRED's specific questions on those stolen accounts .

And we're talking about Facebook , a company so niggling about the need for real identities , for a long time it wouldn't even let transgendered people use their preferred names. "Unfortunately, Facebook does not have the ability to restore content that has been removed from accounts ," he wrote.

A Google search still pulls up a few public Facebook posts that offer to sell personal details including credit card numbers.

Hackers have advertised databases of private information on the social platform and Motherboard reported on Tuesday that Facebook has held stolen identities and social security numbers for years.

The report said at least some of the data in these posts appeared real. The news website said it was able to confirm the first four digits of the social security numbers, names, addresses, and dates of birth for four people whose data appears in a post from July 2014.

Shares of Facebook were down 3.9 percent at $159.32.

Last week, Facebook deleted almost 120 private discussion groups of more than 300,000 members, after being alerted by a report from journalist Brian Krebs that the groups flagrantly promoted a host of illicit activities, including spamming, wire fraud, account takeovers, and phony tax refunds.

The biggest collection of groups banned were those promoting the sale and use of stolen credit and debit card accounts, and the next largest collection of groups included those facilitating takeovers for online accounts such Amazon, Google, Netflix, and PayPal, the report said.

Tech companies are under intense scrutiny about how they protect customer data after Facebook was embroiled in a huge scandal where millions of users' data were improperly accessed by a political consultancy.

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