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Christo [PCD]
Thu Dec 08 2011, 01:05pm
Christo [PCD] Main Admin Registered Member #1 Joined: Fri Feb 03 2006, 10:48am
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Facebook has since disabled the report tool and is fixing the flaw

Saying Facebook has privacy issues is like saying the Earth revolves around the sun; it's just understood at this point. Facebook further solidified that viewpoint today when a flaw allowed users to peek at the private photos of others.

Facebook users were able to access the private photos of others today via a Facebook flaw associated with the "Report Abuse" tool. The flaw was identified by a body building forum earlier in the day.

Using the "Report Abuse" tool, Facebook users were able to flag profile photos as inappropriate. When checking the "nudity or pornography" option as the reason for the photo being inappropriate, Facebook offered the user a "take action by selecting additional photos to include with your report" option. This allowed Facebook users to see a number of extra photos, private or not.

The flaw can be abused by anyone, according to ZDNet, and users who were victims of privacy invasion have no way of knowing what happened. Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was a victim of privacy invasion today, as a few of his private photos (which can be seen to the right of this article) were posted online.

Later today, Facebook addressed the issue in a statement and disabled the tool until the flaw is fixed.

Facebook's statement is as follows:

Earlier today, we discovered a bug in one of our reporting flows that allows people to report multiple instances of inappropriate content simultaneously.

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.

What is especially interesting about this new security flaw is that Facebook just settled its major privacy case with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week, where Facebook agreed to obtain user consent when changes are made to privacy settings as well as 20 years of independent audits.

Sources: ZDNet, imgur


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Hawk
Wed Dec 21 2011, 09:53am
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Vat so!

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Synthetic_Darkness
Tue Jan 03 2012, 08:51am
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Lol facebook.
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Dade_182
Mon Jan 09 2012, 08:34am
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Any bets on how many times the security will change this year?
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Synthetic_Darkness
Tue Jan 10 2012, 10:08am
Synthetic_Darkness Registered Member #153 Joined: Sat Jun 03 2006, 10:14pm
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Well if last year is any indication. Then it'll change like a billion times.
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Dade_182
Tue Jan 10 2012, 11:42am
Dade_182 Admin Registered Member #308 Joined: Tue May 15 2007, 11:36am
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Synthetic_Darkness wrote ...

Well if last year is any indication. Then it'll change like a billion +1 times.
There, fixed it of ya
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Siversmith[PCD]
Wed Jan 11 2012, 08:30am
Siversmith[PCD] Admin Registered Member #7 Joined: Fri Feb 03 2006, 04:29pm
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Are you trying to hint at something Dade? I am sure of it.
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Dade_182
Wed Jan 11 2012, 09:31am
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Me? Hint at something? Neva
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Hawk
Sat Jan 28 2012, 03:44pm
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Dade_182 wrote ...

Me? Hint at something? Neva

You have Google+?
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Dade_182
Sun Jan 29 2012, 05:47pm
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Nope. Sorry to disappoint. The fact that I still have a facebook account is actually a miracle in itself.
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