incrediBILL - 5:14 am on Sep 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
I just identified a new source of spam as definitively coming from Facebook tonight.
I have been getting several spams lately using names from my known contact lists, so I thought maybe one of my email accounts somewhere got hacked. However, tonight I got a couple of these spams that were using the married names of girls I went to high school with and the only place they could possibly have gotten those names was from my Facebook friends list. They are very specific names, the kind you don't just make up randomly like "Zelda Mathilda Hindenberger", and one spam had my daughters name in it as she uses it on Facebook, so the odds of this just being random chance are next to none.
All of these emails appear to be coming from free Yahoo mail accounts like "Zelda Mathilda Hindenberger <email@example.com>", but the real question IMO is how the heck did they get my Facebook friends list and associate it to my email address?
I only have a handful of FB games and I think they're all Zynga except maybe one of them.
Bottom line is someone that I've allowed access to my Facebook data appears to either have been breached or is the breach themselves.
Not sure if it's even worth the time to report it to FB or not.
The only reason I posted this on the FB marketing forum is because besides being a FB topic, if someone is breaching Facebook friends lists and spamming people it could definitely have a negative impact on FB marketing IMO so it's a possible hot topic.