Sunday, April 08, 2018
Very private data may have been taken from Facebook Messenger, but could also have been taken from personal blogs
The data that may have been available to foreign analysts like Cambridge seems more private and extensive than I had thought, including the contents of private messenger, facial recognition data, and contact information for friends, as in this CNN Money story.
Since this data could have been matched with dark web data based on other corporate hacks, this seems especially disturbing.
However, it’s also true considerable data about people who had blogged or self-published articles openly on the web could have been available anyway, even without modern social media, if enemy interests really wanted to target ordinary American civilians based on political or religious affiliations – a possibility that would raise new national security concerns were it to ever unravel. Even shared economy about consumers (which shows physical location) could come into the mix.