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Facebook accounts exposed!

Posted at 02 November 2012 18:59 CEST by Wombler

A security flaw in the popular social networking site Facebook’s notification systems has rendered the accounts of some users accessible without passwords.

The website Hackers News first exposed the flaw and demonstrated how it was possible to compromise Facebook accounts using a search string that exploits a system used by Facebook for letting users quickly log back in to their accounts.

Facebook permits users to log in more conveniently by clicking links to status updates or other notifications from the site and the log in details are amalgamated into the links. Normally this is fairly safe as the links are only sent to the account holders email addresses but poor security with a number of disposable email service providers has revealed these details online, thus enabling the hackers to log in to other users accounts.

Facebook have been pretty quick to act and have suspended this service pending a more permanent fix.

The BBC discusses this story further here.

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coolcolors
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Posted on: 02 Nov 12 19:53
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Wombler
    I just posted the article Facebook accounts exposed!.



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    So what else is new .... once your a big target hackers aka crackers will break it it just a matter of time. And if your company doesn't want to fix it will then let the cracking begin...for the crackers that is.....
    Wombler
    Administrator & Reviewer
    Posted on: 03 Nov 12 13:05
      Yeah everything these days is potentially open to attack so it's just a case of making sure things are as secure as possible.

      Facebook hasn't exactly had the best of a history in this regard though.


      Wombler
      Mr. Belvedere
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 03 Nov 12 22:35
        And people still wonder why i don't have a facebook or linkedin account...
        TSJnachos117
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 04 Nov 12 19:07
          I found a perfect way to avoid having private information displayed to everyone on the internet. It's a powerful concept that the rest of the world just doesn't seem to grasp:

          If there's something you don't want the world to know DON'T POST IT ON FACEBOOK!. Seriously, it's not that hard of a concept.
          Wombler
          Administrator & Reviewer
          Posted on: 04 Nov 12 21:35
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by TSJnachos117
            I found a perfect way to avoid having private information displayed to everyone on the internet. It's a powerful concept that the rest of the world just doesn't seem to grasp:

            If there's something you don't want the world to know DON'T POST IT ON FACEBOOK!. Seriously, it's not that hard of a concept.
            Some people see it as a necessary evil though.


            Wombler
            debro
            Blown to smitherines
            Posted on: 06 Nov 12 11:59
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Wombler
              Some people see it as a necessary evil though.


              Wombler
              How are facebook & linkedin necessary?
              ChristineBCW
              CE Freak
              Posted on: 06 Nov 12 15:32
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by debro
                How are facebook & linkedin necessary?
                I think they're connected to the oxygen supply on this planet. Not sure, though. THEY certainly seem to cast themselves as such... either oxygen or water supply. Or both.

                There may also be something about gluing a phone's earpiece to our skull so we're constantly connected to someone, somewhere for some reason. And we'll be paying for it, too. That is the real requirement.
                alan1476
                Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
                Posted on: 06 Nov 12 19:21
                  Facebook and Linkedin are great networking tools, I have met people I never would have had the chance to see or meet. I have made many acquaintances and prospective clients for business. Its a personal choice whether you have something to offer or something you want people to know about. If you have a business that works on a multi national platform then you should network, its the future.
                  Wombler
                  Administrator & Reviewer
                  Posted on: 06 Nov 12 21:17
                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by debro
                    How are facebook & linkedin necessary?
                    They aren't but some people see it that way.


                    Wombler
                    Mr. Belvedere
                    MyCE Resident
                    Posted on: 07 Nov 12 15:45
                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by debro
                      How are facebook & linkedin necessary?
                      50 Year old colleague to me "Dude, you gotta help me with my mobile phone. It doesn't work anymore with emails. I need those emails. I need that phone! I cannot work without that phone!"

                      Me "Really? Sooo.. how did you do your work 20 years ago?"

                      Colleague ... [thinks.. gets angry.. silenced and walks away]
                      mjaicerg
                      New Member
                      Posted on: 18 Dec 13 02:20
                        just post responsibly and no to your personal information and activities to be safe
                        RightThere
                        New Member
                        Posted on: 08 Sep 14 17:27
                          I sure am glad I don't use Facebook. I never did like that site. It never, ever gave the impression that it was secured very well.
                          alan1476
                          Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
                          Posted on: 09 Sep 14 23:59
                            You guys want to live in the past century, its your choice but my information that is on LinkedIn and Facebook is not so personal as anyone could hurt me, so I enjoy it. To each his own.

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