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AOL releases search data of over 600.000 users





Bondings
AOL released the data of over 600.000 anonymous users and over 19 million searches from March and May, a total of 2GB uncompressed, it's all over the internet now.

For some reason they didn't realize that the search data contains personally identifiable information, it is people who searched for their name, SSN, credit card number and other things on the internet.

This "screw up" (that's how AOL called it themselves) is believed to be a gigantic privacy violation. This big dataset is a gold mine for data mining for both legal and less legal means.

An example, the ctr for the search results.
Quote:
1 - 22.73%
2 - 6.40%
3 - 4.53%
4 - 3.24%
5 - 2.61%
6 - 2.14%
7 - 1.81%
8 - 1.60%
9 - 1.51%
10 - 1.59%
11 - 0.35%
12 - 0.30%
13 - 0.28%
14 - 0.26%
15 - 0.25%
16 - 0.21%
17 - 0.19%
18 - 0.18%
19 - 0.17%
20 - 0.16%


http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1839859,00.html
http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/5236/106/
http://www.informationweek.com/security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=191900569&subSection=Viruses+and+Patches

I might be a bit biased against AOL (they block our emails), but I mean ... how low can you go?
Da Rossa
I've heard about that. What do those AOL executives have inside their heads??????? Perhaps it's the concern about losing customers.
This video explains what's going on with AOL:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO0BTbmZpTQ
Biodiesel
Wow. that video was messed up, and so distracting that I ended up watching a "i'm addicted to youTUBE" video that blew my mind....

OK no, but the stuffed animals on the keyboard temporarily entertained me.
tony
Bondings wrote:
AOL released the data of over 600.000 anonymous users and over 19 million searches from March and May, a total of 2GB uncompressed, it's all over the internet now.

For some reason they didn't realize that the search data contains personally identifiable information, it is people who searched for their name, SSN, credit card number and other things on the internet.

This "screw up" (that's how AOL called it themselves) is believed to be a gigantic privacy violation. This big dataset is a gold mine for data mining for both legal and less legal means.

An example, the ctr for the search results.
Quote:
1 - 22.73%
2 - 6.40%
3 - 4.53%
4 - 3.24%
5 - 2.61%
6 - 2.14%
7 - 1.81%
8 - 1.60%
9 - 1.51%
10 - 1.59%
11 - 0.35%
12 - 0.30%
13 - 0.28%
14 - 0.26%
15 - 0.25%
16 - 0.21%
17 - 0.19%
18 - 0.18%
19 - 0.17%
20 - 0.16%


http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1839859,00.html
http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/5236/106/
http://www.informationweek.com/security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=191900569&subSection=Viruses+and+Patches

I might be a bit biased against AOL (they block our emails), but I mean ... how low can you go?


lol - why does this not surprise me...
Soulfire
Well, I guess the word I'm looking for is "Oops". People will probably try to find some way to blame Bush for this too, oh well, I'm always up for a good laugh.
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