Just when you thought it was safe to upload those photos from that wild Friday night to Facebook, this happens:
A security lapse made it possible for unwelcome strangers to peruse personal photos posted on Facebook Inc.’s popular online hangout, circumventing a recent upgrade to the Web site’s privacy controls.
The dumbest part is how easy it has been all this time to find private photos. All it took was a modified URL with a photo ID to “hack” into Paris Hilton, Mark Zuckerberg, or anyone else’s private albums. I don’t know the whole story, but given Facebook’s excellent reputation, you’d think that they would know better. The security hole has been plugged for now, and I am sure the Facebook group is working hard to make sure there are no other leaky areas.
This leak probably couldn’t have been more poorly timed for Facebook with the release of their new security measures as well as MySpace’s not so distant and a bit too familiar photo breach.
This really makes you wonder – what’s next?
Photo by Meredith Farmer