Facebook 'hijack any live chat' serious bug forces downtime

Facebook 'hijack any live chat' serious bug forces downtime

Summary: Facebook chat is experiencing downtime due to a serious breach in privacy, where any user can view the live chat window for any of their friends.

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Steve O'Hear, former ZDNet blogger, now turned TechCrunch reporter, posted earlier today a serious breach in Facebook privacy, allowing any user to view one of their friend's live chat window.

The video, taken by O'Hear shows him accessing his own privacy settings - ironically - through the site, and previewing how his profile looks to his friends. With this, it allows the live chat under way to be viewed by that person.

This is yet another blow to Facebook's privacy issues. Only last week, I wrote about content issues which, when the user 'deletes' an image or video uploaded to the social networking site, the content does not get removed from their server.

Similarly, Jason Perlow wrote the other day in regards to his ongoing issues with Facebook; most definitely worth a read. The Electronic Frontier Foundation published last week a timeline of Facebook's eroding privacy issues, highlighting how far the site will go to strip every bit of your profile down to its own use.

TechCrunch rightfully notified Facebook of this issue, and all Facebook chat users will notice that the service is down due to maintenance. The presumption is that Facebook is trying to fix this issue, yet no word from them on this. No doubt they are trying to fix it before even more media outlets cover this shocking and gross breach of privacy.

Frankly, I truly hope that soon the authorities investigate the site for reasons relating to content and breaches in privacy. I am utterly appalled and disgusted that this could even happen - let alone be reproduced so simply using their own in-house privacy settings tool.

Will this latest breach in privacy and security deter you from using Facebook, or will it put you off the site altogether?

Topics: Social Enterprise, Legal, Security

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  • RE: Facebook 'hijack any live chat' serious bug forces downtime

    A bug in facebook? Well the only sensible solution is to virtualize all our Microsoft Windows sessions! That will prevent this from happening again!
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Facebook 'hijack any live chat' serious bug forces downtime

      @Loverock Davidson Oh aren't you a funny bugger eh? :P
      zwhittaker
      • RE: Facebook 'hijack any live chat' serious bug forces downtime

        @zwhittaker Sorry, had to poke some fun at one of your colleagues.
        Loverock Davidson
    • That would indeed be a very wise move to take

      I can't see how that relates to facebook but that move would undoubtedly benefit the whole Web in general and windows users in particular.<br><br>By virtualizing windows you have a higher chance of successfully combating malware such as conficker which is the <a href="http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2010/04/the-largest-cloud-in-the-world.php">largest cloud provider</a> in the world by far.<br><br>Successful malware such as Conficker put a huge stress on the Web infra structure. The virtualization of windows would certainly greatly help stop its spreading and day to day operation.
      OS Reload
      • RE: Facebook 'hijack any live chat' serious bug forces downtime

        @OS Reload
        [i]I can't see how that relates to facebook[/i]

        Neither can I but that was actually one man's solution here on ZDNet.
        Loverock Davidson
  • Xbox FB client has 2 big breaches

    Xbox FB client has 2 big breaches.

    I'm gonna tell steve b.
    MS is Facebook and xbox right now.
    Osx 10.6.4 is SO much better than win7.w/e
    Oops. Lol
    Vaporthug
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