Security flaw lets hackers delete Facebook friends

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Facebook A newly discovered security flaw on Facebook could allow a hacker to scrape a user’s public data, make them “like” pages and even delete their friends list. A college student in New York discovered the hole on Wednesday and despite notifying Facebook it still has not been fixed. The site is not checking code sent from users’ browsers to make sure they are the authorized account holders. It’s what’s known as a cross-site request forgery bug, and the fact they are ignoring the problem doesn’t bode well for them. Facebook has faced harsh criticism in recent weeks for its decision to force users to make some of their personal information public and their constantly changing privacy policies and tools. They need to get it together and fast! In the meantime, to protect yourself from a scammer attempting to exploit this bug, don’t click on links sent to you on Facebook by people you don’t know and if a link posted on your wall by a friend seems fishy, trust that instinct. Oh, and ignore any invite you get to try an app that promises to let you see who visits your profile. They are all fakes!

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  • TrafficColeman


    FaceBook has became a flea market farm for wanna be marketers. They are taken over facebook and spamming other friends like crazy.

    Me as a 10 yr Internet Marketer, I’m just over stated that people will use this type of marketing instead of doing the old seo that works. I personally do seo for over a hundred of my clients when it comes to my company.

    I try to let them know that facebook is a good place to start to get your band out there, but its not the place to setup shop for a lifetime. I even wrote on blog on this subject called “FaceBook Wanna Be Marketers” you can Google it if you want to read it.

    I’m sorry for getting so far off subject, but I just had to express my fillings of the facebook is going..which in the hole like MySpace in a couple of years if people just keep this up.

    Thanks for this post, and this is “TrafficColeman Singing Out”