Wired reports that a hacker who goes by the pseudonym DMaul used a script to download thousands of private photos and is now distributing those photos via The Pirate Bay. From the article:

"A 17-gigabyte file purporting to contain more than half a million images lifted from private MySpace profiles has shown up on BitTorrent, potentially making it the biggest privacy breach yet on the top social networking site. (...) DMaul made two smaller files available as direct downloads. One of them examined by Wired News contains more than 32,000 images ranging from the mundane to the intimate: vacation photos, infants in bathtubs, teenagers mugging for the camera."

There is an obvious lesson to be learnt from this: Just labeling content as private on a site with millions of users doesn't mean that others won't access it. If you really don't want others to see it, don't upload it to a third-party server.

But what of you want to give some people access to your pictures and videos without sharing them with the whole world? One solution might be to use secure, distributed storage systems like Wua.la that offer encryption to safeguard your content while at the same time making it accessible to all your Facebook friends.

I've previously writen about the idea of Wua.la becoming the personal storage backbone of your social graph, and I'm pretty sure that we are going to see the interest in platforms like these grow with every data breach on Myspace, facebook and Flickr. Now systems like Wua.la just need better APIs to directly plug into your social networking profile.

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