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Facebook alleges that defendants cost it $5,000 to defend against 200,000 attacks on its user information

Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites on the Internet. It and rival MySpace account for a good portion of the social networking user base online. Many users of Facebook and MySpace are well aware of the levels of spam that can come through their user accounts.

Facebook recently filed a lawsuit against ten unknown individuals and ten unknown companies. Known individuals in the lawsuit include Brian Fabian, Josh Raskin, Ming Wu, Istra Holdings, Inc, and 1564476 Ontario Limited.

According to Information Week, Facebook alleges that between June 1, 2007 and June 15, 2007 the defendants tried to access information on users of Facebook using an automated script over 200,000 times.

Facebook claims that the information harvesting attacks cost it more than $5,000 USD. Filings for the suit show that email addresses, user names, passwords, and network affiliations were a part of the stolen information.

A Facebook spokesperson told Information Week via email, “We do not have any details to share at this time, and we do not comment on pending litigation.”

Facebook has been in the news most recently with its partial sale in October of 2007 to software giant Microsoft who purchased a minority stake in Facebook for $240 million USD. Earlier this month Facebook was in hot water with users over its Beacon adware program designed to monitor shopping of Facebook users on advertisers websites.

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Wow, $5,000?
By TomZ on 12/18/07, Rating: 0
RE: Wow, $5,000?
By xti on 12/18/2007 5:12:19 PM , Rating: 5
if you made me spend 10 bucks i didnt want to spend, id punch you in the face!

RE: Wow, $5,000?
By tobrien on 12/18/2007 5:40:24 PM , Rating: 1
well honestly, seeing as how facebook already has a boatload of cash, I'd say that five grand is pretty damn fair. I mean I'm sure they've got the power to go for suing to get maybe fifty plus, but I suppose they don't want to come off as a legal bully like the RIAA.

RE: Wow, $5,000?
By Quiescent on 12/18/2007 6:40:16 PM , Rating: 2
Even if I was a multi-billionare, I'd still pick up pennies off the streets and save it for later.

RE: Wow, $5,000?
By mikeyD95125 on 12/18/2007 10:17:51 PM , Rating: 1
You probably haven't been on myspace or facebook lately. The spam is fucking annoying. There are so many ways they do it to. They create myspaces of hot girls and then write a script to spam video comments all over the place. They hack people's accounts and make them send spam messages, comments, and bulletins to all their friends. They send out friend requests to myspaces with spam links all over the page, some of which lead to fake login pages where people input there info. Then they get your e-mail and spam you there.

AHH FUCK THAT. It may be people in another country just doing a job to feed their family but its very annoying.

RE: Wow, $5,000?
By Quiescent on 12/19/2007 2:56:32 PM , Rating: 2
What's even worse is the legitimate people being spammy themselves. Sitting there having to take 3 minutes to load their facebook or myspace page, then on myspace, you're lucky if you can even read the font because of the background blending in with it.

Oh really?
By Polynikes on 12/18/2007 4:51:40 PM , Rating: 3
Filings for the suit show that email addresses, user names, passwords, and network affiliations were a part of the stolen information.

I hope those people were notified of that. This is the first I've heard of a breach for Facebook.

RE: Oh really?
By helios220 on 12/18/2007 4:55:29 PM , Rating: 1

RE: Oh really?
By jsaindon on 12/20/2007 9:23:14 AM , Rating: 2
Why? Who has anything on Facebook that could cause harm or identity theft? Do you post your SSN or and other personal info pertaining to you on Facebook? Most of this crap is done by corporate America's scumbag marketing teams who just want to better advertise to you. They want to spam you wherever you go. My favorite is when I get a forward from people that your account will be deleted unless you send the message out to everyone on your list. If this isn't a blatant chain letter I don't know what is. Yet I still get it from numerous people on my friends list. Damn gullible people.

RE: Oh really?
By Polynikes on 12/20/2007 3:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno, I'd like to know if any of my information was compromised. Maybe I'd decide to leave Facebook. Non-disclosure is never a good thing in this kind of situation, regardless of what information was taken.

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