Facebook Working To Fix Privacy Flaw
SOCIAL NETWORKINGAugust 12, 2010
Following a security researcher's announcement that entering an e-mail address into Facebook's login page with an incorrect password could result in access to the user's name and profile photo, the company has acknowledged it is working on fixing a bug that it says "temporarily prevented" its systems from working correctly. InformationWeek reports on Secfence Technologies CEO Atul Agarwal's discovery that such details could be exposed regardless of user privacy settings. Another researcher found that the site suggested valid user names, profile pictures and e-mail addresses when supplied with an incorrect e-mail address that was similar to a valid one, the report states. A Facebook spokesperson noted, "We are already working on a fix and expect to remedy the situation shortly."