Apple, BBC, IBM, Intel, and more downloaded Facebook user torrent

The recently released torrent that contained personal information of over 100 million people on Facebook has been downloaded by many major companies, including Apple, the BBC, IBM, Intel, HP, Nvidia, Sony, and, uh, Disney. Oh, and the Church of Scientology.

The torrent was uploaded by Ron Bowes of Skull Security, who collected the information from Facebook’s open directory. The news caused a stir two days ago, renewing privacy fears about the social networking site, particularly considering the volume of users involved. Little did we know that the big corporations would be so eager to get their hands on that info. Which is a list of names.

Gizmodo revealed that downloaders of the torrent could use a program to identify other people downloading it. Since none of these people thought to use a proxy server, the company IP addresses show up. It collected IP addresses of numerous big name companies, which are listed below.

It is important to recognise, however, that these downloads might not be officially sanctioned by the company, but may instead be the individual work of curious employees who’ve ran out of music to illegally download. Regardless, the number of large companies is astounding, and we cannot help but wonder exactly who in these companies are scavenging through the Facebook database right now. And why.

The big names that Gizmodo identified are as follows:

  • A.C. Nielsen
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Apple
  • AT&T
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • BBC
  • Bertelsmann Media
  • Boeing
  • Church of Scientology
  • Cisco SystemsCox
  • 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