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'Socialbots' invade Facebook: Cull 250GB of private data

John P. Mello Jr. | Nov. 3, 2011
Facebook was recently invaded by a robot army created by four researchers to demonstrate the ease at which online social networks can be maliciously exploited by the unscrupulous.

Earlier this year, the hacker collective known as Anonymous, based on emails it robbed from defense contractor HBGary Federal, alleged that the military had plans to infiltrate social networks, like Facebook, with phony cyber personalities with the intent to gather information for arresting dissidents and activists who operate anonymously online.

Those allegations were given credence later when the U.S. Central Command awarded a $2.7 million contract to a company named Ntrepid for creating software to create phony online personas to infiltrate social networking sites where terrorists are recruiting manpower and soliciting funds.



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