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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Facebook Was Called to Tighten Privacy Settings

Facebook Was Called to Tighten Privacy Settings

Facebook Was Called to Tighten Privacy Settings

Added: Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
The company has been recommended to tighten its privacy settings after a third-party software developer managed to harvest information about thousands of users by guessing their phone numbers.

The software engineer was able to obtain the names, profile pictures and locations of Facebook users who had linked their mobile numbers to their accounts without making it public. According to security experts, this vulnerability would allow hackers to build enormous databases for sale on black markets. Facebook is urged to prevent the widescale hoovering up of information.

One of the software developers discovered the loophole by using a little-known privacy setting, which allowed anyone to find a Facebook user by their phone number. The problem is that by default, the “Who can find me?” setting is set to “Everyone/public”, which means that you can be found by your mobile number, even if you have chosen to withhold your phone number from your public profile.

Using a simple algorithm, the software engineer generated tens of thousands of mobile numbers a second and sent them to Facebook’s API. Within minutes, the system sent him scores of users’ profiles. Despite the fact that all the data he got was publicly available, the ability to link profiles to mobile numbers on a massive scale leaves Facebook open to abuse. This is why the social network is urged to prevent third parties from harvesting even the publicly shared information belonging to its 1.5bn users.

In response, Facebook claimed that they don’t consider it a security vulnerability and have strict rules that limit how developers are able to use its API. As for security experts, they believe that introduction of a second layer of encryption would not be bad for Facebook.


Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Wednesday, August 12th, 2015



Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

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posted by Kitty (2015-08-12 15:43:11)
Abir20129 avatarOh...

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posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2015-08-13 06:40:07)
Embolism avatarFB has long had issues it was not long ago that comments were left on the Backtrack Linux forum with the gist that one user had harvested the login information of 250,000 FB users in 30 minutes using Backtrack,now it may take some enterprising schmuck a day or 3 to get 1.5 BN peoples login but its a possibility and vulnerability that they need to shore up,given the lack of interest they show when told of such though it is not acted on as is shown from this latest exploit,once again showing its ok for FB to pass all your metadata and private info to the NSA/CIA and or anyone else they want to sell people out to but they could`nt care less about keeping their users safe.

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posted by (2015-08-13 09:14:37)
Faceless42001 avatarSmart sensible people stay away from facebook.



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