facebook spying on us?

Jones, Barry BEJones at semprautilities.com
Fri Sep 30 16:59:04 CDT 2011


I can't tell you the kind of servers, but I can say that I was recently in Prineville, OR, where FB is building a data center (and a second data center). I was used to the ol data centers - you know, where there's raised floors, cabinets, cool air, a guard and a few guys around with some screens? 

But this was massive. I was amazed at the size - a few city blocks long and a city block wide, with a transformer and power line the size of a small city. I wonder if the Feds were involved. 

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2010/01/facebook_picks_prineville_for.html


"I also wonder about the kind of servers facebook must be having to be 
> able to manage millions of TCP connections that must be terminating 
> there."


-----Original Message-----
From: Keegan Holley [mailto:keegan.holley at sungard.com] 
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 7:55 AM
To: Glen Kent
Cc: nanog at nanog.org
Subject: Re: facebook spying on us?

Well what's making the connection?  It looks like unencrypted http, if your social security number and last known addresses are streaming by you should be able to see them.  It's a bit of a jump to say that FB (not that I'm particularly fond of them) is spying on you from a single netstat command.
You probably clicked login with facebook for some site and it's just autologging you in or overzealous prefetching.  Either way, I think we can all stop making tinfoil hats now...


2011/9/29 Glen Kent <glen.kent at gmail.com>

> Hi,
>
> I see that i have multiple TCP sessions established with facebook.
> They come up even after i reboot my laptop and dont login to facebook!
>
> D:\Documents and Settings\gkent>netstat -a | more
>
> Active Connections
>
>  Proto  Local Address          Foreign Address        State
>  TCP    gkent:3974    www-10-02-snc5.facebook.com:http  ESTABLISHED
>  TCP    gkent:3977    www-11-05-prn1.facebook.com:http  ESTABLISHED
>  TCP    gkent:3665
> a184-84-111-139.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http  ESTABLISHED
>
> [clipped]
>
> Any idea why these connections are established (with facebook and
> akamaitechnologies) and how i can kill them? Since my laptop has 
> several connections open with facebook, what kind of information is 
> flowing there?
>
> I also wonder about the kind of servers facebook must be having to be 
> able to manage millions of TCP connections that must be terminating 
> there.
>
> Glen
>
>
>



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