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Facebook Security Bug Exposes Info of 6M Users

Jun 22 2013, 7:01am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Facebook Security Bug Exposes Info of 6M Users
 
 

The folks at Facebook have admitted the presence of a bug that infiltrated the network structure. The glitch in the system had exposed the private information of six million users. This included email addresses and phone numbers.

A day ago, the Facebook administration announced some bad news. A bug had found its way into the accounts of Facebook users. What that meant was that the personal details of six million users were available to many others. As the Facebook official statement explains clearly, this is a small fraction of the net total one billion users. However, a mistake is a mistake. Facebook hires some very highly qualified engineers to keep accounts secure. But sometimes the very process of sorting out the personal information of users results in the hidden dangers of piracy. This is precisely what happened this time around. And this blunder may cost Facebook its popularity. No one wants to have their confidentiality broken. The bug caused email addresses and phone numbers to become common knowledge to distant acquaintances. What was not meant to come out into the open had been exposed. Thus via the DYI (Download Your information) tool on Facebook many users were able to acquire valuable contact information of members.

Meanwhile, Facebook has assured its clientele that everything is under control. No harm has come from the slight snag in the way. But many users are not so sure about that. By the way, the bug was not detected by Facebook in the first place. The original detective was a white hat hacker. Facebook offers a reward of $500 for anyone who spies a bug on the site and reports it. 

The whole thing started due to the fact that Facebook matches data to generate a list of potential friends. This is where stuff went awry. The bug caused havoc in this space in the security arrangements. Some of the info was shuffled and there was general chaos. The bug had been doing its job since a year ago. However, it was only discovered last week which is a shame. Nevertheless, some credit goes to the Facebook team. They debugged Facebook within a day’s time span. While not much damage has occurred, it has been a loss of image for the giant social network. Mark Zuckerberg has said that it was a source of embarrassment. However, the staff will try its best not to let such a cyberspace warp occur again. 


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