Social networking site Tagged.com is accused of stealing the identities of 60 million people. N.Y. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that his office intends to file suit. In short, Tagged.com is alleged to have sent invitational e-mails that appeared to be from one of their users to one of the user’s contacts. The e-mail read that the recipient was being sent photos from his or her friend-the Tagged.com user. To view the photos, the recipient non-member, had to register for a Tagged.com account. Then Tagged.com accessed the new member’s contact list, restarting the cycle.
(via Death By Email)
This is a serious and unfortunate example of the wide-spread danger that can result the misuse of technology. Combined with the far-reaching power of social media and, as this story makes clear, the potential impact can increase exponentially.