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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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Zuck's private photos...
By DNAgent on 12/6/2011 10:04:10 PM , Rating: 5
...and this is the best they got? Dude is seriously boring.




RE: Zuck's private photos...
By bodar on 12/6/2011 10:31:44 PM , Rating: 5
Maybe his "Supermodel Orgy" album is on Google+?


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By ie5x on 12/6/2011 10:59:18 PM , Rating: 5
He knows better than to trust f***book with anything private...


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By Shig on 12/7/2011 12:28:00 AM , Rating: 5
Heh, 'boring' for America = not having a financial / sexual scandal.

I hate my own country sometimes.


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By inighthawki on 12/7/2011 12:53:53 AM , Rating: 5
Is it wrong of me to think that it's even more dumb that people care so much about the smallest details of another person's life whom they don't even remotely know or care about?

I mean like, why do people give a crap about things like "Who is the father of <insert celebrity here>!?" or "Embarrassing image of <other celebrity>, are they really who we think they are!?"
Is that really all people have to think about in their spare time?


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By ie5x on 12/7/2011 1:09:37 AM , Rating: 2
Here's an article which might explain... http://paintedseahorse.hubpages.com/hub/The-Nature...


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By Solandri on 12/7/2011 3:23:03 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
Is it wrong of me to think that it's even more dumb that people care so much about the smallest details of another person's life whom they don't even remotely know or care about?

It's not wrong to think that it's dumb, but that's just the way it is. Isaac Asimov nailed it in 1956 in his short story, The Dead Past. People are obsessed with watching the mundane going-ons of each others' daily lives. That's the true front where the battle for privacy will be fought. Not privacy vs. profit, but privacy vs. the titillation people get from violating other people's privacy.


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By SilentRunning on 12/7/2011 3:35:10 AM , Rating: 5
What you don't think the second picture of him with his cock in his hand is racy enough for you?


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By dajeepster on 12/7/2011 5:52:43 AM , Rating: 5
That's not his cock in his hand, it's someone else's cock in his hand.


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By ProZach on 12/7/2011 6:39:11 AM , Rating: 2
"Wow." -Trebek responding to celebrity's response.


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By retrospooty on 12/7/2011 6:54:49 AM , Rating: 2
Based on the picture without any info behind it, we really have no way of knowing who's cock is in his hand.

Its best to just move on.


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By rrburton on 12/7/2011 12:35:59 PM , Rating: 2
Come on, we can clearly see that he just finished choking his chicken in that photo


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By tng on 12/7/2011 12:55:03 PM , Rating: 2
Certainly is smiling like he just finished...


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By sleepeeg3 on 12/7/2011 12:07:41 PM , Rating: 2
So the CEO of Facebook just "accidentally" has photos of himself leaked through Facebook of himself with the President and hunting that attempt to make him look less like a pale nerdling?

Totally believable.


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By MZperX on 12/7/2011 1:58:23 PM , Rating: 3
hunting?... do people "hunt" poultry where you come from?

I guess one could hunt chickens, but what's the point? They are already cooped up and most of them can't even fly. It'd be like spearfishing in an aquarium.


RE: Zuck's private photos...
By Spuke on 12/7/2011 2:54:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
...and this is the best they got? Dude is seriously boring.
He is holding his chicken.


At least this looks to be a true "bug"
By kmmatney on 12/7/2011 1:20:25 AM , Rating: 2
At least this looks to be a true "bug". All the other privacy "bugs" with Facebook seemed intentional.




By Aikouka on 12/7/2011 12:20:23 PM , Rating: 3
Given my software background, I'm actually kind of curious whether this is a bug or a design oversight. The prior would require the plan to originally call for displaying only the available photos (i.e. taking into account security settings), but the latter would essentially be them forgetting to do that in the first place. Unfortunately, snafus like that happen, but it gets awfully scary when it happens with your private information! Thinking about it again... it does kind of call into question what Facebook uses for a testing methodology.


obummer
By Spikesoldier on 12/7/11, Rating: 0
RE: obummer
By Tunnah on 12/7/2011 8:50:21 AM , Rating: 2
...i literally cannot figure out your logic there


RE: obummer
By JimboK29 on 12/7/2011 9:16:34 AM , Rating: 2
Haha...
By MrBlastman on 12/6/2011 9:34:50 PM , Rating: 2
Screw him. Post them all!




Bug??
By anactoraaron on 12/6/2011 11:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
So it's a 'bug' when HIS personal photos get 'leaked' on FB but I thought 'no one really cares about privacy' anyway? Ironic...

I'm just hoping all of his friends now have ads with his pic on them the next time they log in.




whoa
By Lazlo Panaflex on 12/7/2011 12:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
He's imagining holding that huge f***ing sack of cash from the upcoming Facebook IPO!




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