Facebook bug exposes 7 million FB User photos to hackers

Facebook, the world’s number one social media platform has disclosed in this weekend that a bug in one of its photo databases has exposed 7 million photos of FB users to the outside world-possible to hackers.

Thus, with the latest data exposure, Facebook seems to have controversially broken down again for the 3rd time this year. First with the Cambridge Analytica data scandal in March’18 where Congress’s confirmed in its disclosure that Russia influenced 2016 US presidential elections through Facebook fake news posts & accounts; second when data of more than 50 million users were exposed in Sept’18 via “ View As” feature and thirdly with the latest ‘Photobombing’ exposure.

A spokesperson from the Mark Zuckerberg’s company said that bug discovered on Friday might have given unauthorized access to 100’s of apps that includes images which were uploaded to the platform by users, but not posted to the world- because they had two thoughts in their mind.

Highly placed sources of Cybersecurity Insiders say that flaw has now been fixed.

But the 2.27 billion FB users should notify a fact over here that data exposure on Facebook has been recurring in 2018 and probably would continue as the same in the upcoming year.

Although Mr. Zuckerberg has been repeatedly pledging to batten down the slipups, nothing seems to have improved in reality.

So, those who first thought to delete their Facebook accounts and later changed their minds, you better review the situation for the second time and act accordingly.

Note- Technically speaking, when people grant permission for the 3rd party apps to access their photos, they intend to share all their memorabilia with the world via their Facebook page- regardless of privacy settings meant to limit the access to small circles such as the family in a group photo. But in the latest data exposure scandal, FB admitted that the bug developers’ access to all the photos-irrespective of their posting statuses- such as the ones shared on the separate Marketplace and Facebook stories features.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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