Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Facebook faces security glitch -Even Mark Zuckerberg is not an Exception.

 Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's private photos were published online after a group found a security glitch on the social network.
Security 'glitch' allows web expert to access billionaire's personal pictures.
  Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has become a victim of privacy loopholes in the social networking site, after some of his private pictures were posted online.

The bug in the website's photo reporting tool, which Facebook says was only temporary and has now been fixed, meant that users could access others' pictures even if they were private.

Mark Zuckerberg and girlfriend Priscilla

The glitch and resulting private photos of Zuckerberg went viral when software engineer Mike Rundle, of Raleigh, North Carolina, posted a link to them the on photo-sharing website Imgur, the Daily Mail reports.
But Rundle said he first saw the photos linked from a discussion on the online forum Hacker News.
Zuckerberg's long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan is pictured in most of the photos. Some of them can be viewed publically on his publicFacebook profile, but others are said to be private.
According to the report, users were able to look at the private photos by 'reporting' a profile picture as 'inappropriate', which then saw other photos displayed, such as those of Zuckerberg.

Big names: Mr Zuckerberg is pictured speaking to President Barack Obama, with Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt in the background. The late former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was also at the meeting

Meanwhile, a Facebook spokesman told CNET the glitch happened because of 'one of our most recent code pushes,' but it was only live for a short time and 'not all content was accessible'.
The loophole allowed users to see private photos of a person after reporting their profile picture as inappropriate. The company says the glitch has now been fixed.
In other news, the European Union's anti-trust watchdog has launched an investigation into whether Apple and five publishing houses have engaged in illegal anti-competitive practices in the e-book market.

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