Major Corporations Are Downloading Those 100m Facebook Profiles Off BitTorrent

Remember that torrent yesterday that contained the personal information of 100 million scraped Facebook profiles? I thought it was strange that the guy didn't sell this information, since many companies would be interested. Turns out they are interested.

Reader Clint discovered that all you had to do is use something like Peer Block, which grabs the IPs of the other users also downloading the torrent and identifies which company or university or organisation they belong to. You can check this yourself by hopping on the torrent and doing the same thing.

Here are the major companies that are downloading the torrent. A couple caveats to these. Just because a company is on the list, doesn't mean that it's a sanctioned download by the company itself to grab the user information for some purpose. It could easily just be some dude at the company who wanted to download the torrent himself to check it out. Also, the IP addresses assigned to a company might fluctuate (they usually don't, much, unless major companies change their connection to the internet, so it should be mostly accurate).

A.C. Nielsen Agilent Technologies Apple Computer AT&T - Possible Macrovision Baker & McKenzie BBC Bertelsmann Media Boeing Church of Scientology Cisco Systems Cox Enterprises Davis Polk & Wardwell Deutsche Telekom Disney Duracell Ernst & Young Fujitsu Goldman Sachs Halliburton HBO & Company Hilton Hospitality Hitachi HP IBM Intel Intuit Levi Strauss & Co. Lockheed-Martin Corp Lucasfilm Lucent Lucent Technologies Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Mcafee MetLife Mitsubishi Motorola Northrop Grumman Novell Nvidia O'Melveny & Myers Oracle Corp Pepsi Cola Procter and Gamble Random House Raytheon Road Runner RRWE Seagate Sega Siemens AG SONY CORPORATION Sprint Sun Microsystems Symantec The Hague Time Warner Telecom Turner Broadcasting system Ubisoft Entertainment Unisys United Nations Univision USPS Viacom Vodafone Wells Fargo Xerox PARC

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