Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Another Facebook security breach

Yahoo! News posts an AP story today by Business Writer Michael Liedtke, "Security lapse exposes Facebook photos."

Liedtke's story describes how a computer technician from Vancouver, Canada, Byron Ng, found a way around a recent upgrade to Facebook's privacy controls. Writes Liedtke, "the added protections weren't enough to prevent Ng from pulling up the most recent pictures posted by Facebook members and their friends, even if the privacy settings were set to restrict the audience to a select few."

Told of Ng's "computer-coding trick" on Monday afternoon, Facebook claims to have "fixed the bug within an hour."

Still... anybody who posts on Facebook -- no matter what level of privacy protection is used -- must assume that anything that goes on Facebook can be seen by absolutely anybody. And everybody.

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