December 8, 2011
Facebook Glitch Leaks Pics From Zuckerberg’s Private Album
In an ironic twist of Internet-security fate, creator and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has become the victim of his own creation after a security glitch in the world´s largest digital social network allowed people to access some of the private photos of other users.
Facebook programmers had been aware of the security loophole for several weeks, but it became the subject of mass media attention on Tuesday after a number of Zuckerberg´s personal photos were published on the Internet, permanently becoming public domain of the World Wide Web.
Several savvy users discovered that clicking on the website´s tool for ℠reporting inappropriate content´ brought up another menu that offered the option to report additional photos. In some cases, the reporting user was then able to access private images from the unsuspecting user´s profile. A minor modification of the picture´s URL then let viewers convert a thumbnail photo into a full-size version of the private pic.
After the company became aware that Zuckerberg´s photos had been copied and published, its technicians immediately shut down the problematic part of the system responsible for the glitch.
In a statement issued shortly after the incident, Facebook representatives wrote: “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.”
In a formal statement issued yesterday on the embarrassing incident, Facebook reemphasized their commitment to information security, stating that “the privacy of our user´s data is a top priority for us, and we invest significant resources in protecting our site and the people who use it.”
With a clientele that includes almost one-tenth of the world´s population, Facebook was already in the spotlight last month after the Federal Trade Commission alleged that the company´s security measures were insufficient to protect its users´ data. In response, Zuckerberg publically conceded at the time that his company had made a “bunch of mistakes” and that it would take greater precaution in the future management of its customers´ private information.
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