New Facebook Bug Potentially Exposes All 500 Million Users

Flaw in Facebook Login System

New Facebook Bug Exposes 500 Million Users

Facebook made the news headlines this week with another bug exposed in its popular social media platform. This new bug affected all 500 million users and opened up their private information to hackers.

Even those users who elected to keep their information private were affected by the newly found flaw in the Login system.

Facebook software engineers have been rushing to fix this new security gap in their social media platform. Hackers can use the information freely available for identity theft and other illegal black market scams.

In what has been described as a simple form of software manipulation, hackers can easily enter the wrong password into a user’s email on the login page. This triggers the software feature that assists people that have forgotten or miss-typed their email address or password during the login procedure.

A new page appears stating to re-enter your password, but it also includes the Facebook photo and full name of the person associated with the address. Using simple scripts hackers could harvest millions of user details in no time at all.

Facebook has already been heavily criticized for revealing too much data about its users. Especially the kind of personal data that make it easy for marketers, identity theft criminals and even stalkers to invade the user’s privacy.

While the social-networking giant has endeavored to give users more control over whom they share this delicate personal information with. The latest embarrassing leak of private user information has brought much unwanted media attention.

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