Zuckerberg’s private photos leaked by Facebook bug

A bug in Facebook’s security system has allowed users to look at private photos of others. It is said the flaw is associated with the ‘Report Abuse’ tool

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Zuckerberg’s private photos leaked by Facebook bug A bug in the 'Report Abuse' tool has compromised the privacy of many users' private photographs on Facebook
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  December 8, 2011

A bug in Facebook's security system has allowed users to look at private photos of others. It is said the flaw is associated with the ‘Report Abuse' tool, and was first identified by a body building forum.

When using the ‘Report Abuse' tool, users were able to flag profile photos of friends or other users with open security settings, as inappropriate. If the nudity or objectionable content option was used as the reason for the photos being inappropriate, Facebook presented the flagger with a ‘take action by selecting additional photos to include with your report' option. This opened the user up to all photographs private or not.

Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was a victim of the bug which saw some of his private photos being posted online.

As of now the tool has been disabled while Facebook is working to fix the bug. An official statement issued by Facebook reads:

‘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.'

 

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