I am posting this Facebook scandal in case you missed it circulating the web. The cliff notes are that there was a security issue in Facebook where users private photos were being revealed to other users. This Facebook security issue has been corrected, but not before a user managed to access and distribute Mark Zuckerberg’s personal photos from his Facebook account. It was not a consistent glitch, therefore the user had to hack Zuckerberg’s 14 private photos.
There is a funny part to this story …
The comical part is that Mark Zuckerburg’s pictures were published on Imgur.com with a message that says “It’s time to fix those security flaws Facebook”. The security issue was that when Facebook users clicked the “Repot Abuse” button, they could sometimes see photos on other Facebook userprivate profile accounts. In other words, Facebook users had set their accounts / photos to private and they were still visible to strangers that should not have seen them …
This all goes hand in hand with Facebook’s settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (the FTC said that Facebook had misled users about privacy settings and Facebook agreed to better protect user privacy). I guess this hacker wanted to show Zuckerberg how it feels to have his private information exposed to the world. Therefore, we all have access to pictures of Zuckerburg and girlfriend making sushi, giving out Halloween candy, Zuckerburg w/ Obama, etc.
Facebook has confirmed that the security issue has been corrected.
“The bug, was a result of one of our most recent code pushes and was live for a limited period of time. Not all content was accessible, rather a small number of one’s photos. Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed.”
This is not gossip … it involves your Facebook usage and privacy settings!
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Here is Mark Zuckerburg’s response to the FTC finding Facebook negligent in their security.