Facebook Security Update: Personal Data At Risk Again

Facebook is used by most for keeping in touch with friends and family throughout the world, without social networks like Facebook keeping in touch would be a little more difficult but as you all know, the instant messaging side of things is creeping up the popularity scale.

As we know, Facebook has more than 500 million users with more than half of them using the site daily and it unfortunately has a little bit of a history of not being entirely secure. We have reported previously on how Facebook and Twitter failed privacy risk reports but this is something new.

Facebook had been left vulnerable and we are now seeing an attack being reported in various places. The report we have read is by Brian Prince from eWeek.com, he goes on to inform us that the security bug was discovered by two students Rui Wang and Zhou Li.

The pair found the flaw in the coding that would potentially allow any malicious site to impersonate another site such as bing.com which by default has the permission to access any user of Facebook’s basic personal information.

We are fans of Facebook but it does make you wonder what else people will find, this is a pretty interesting one that you can view a video from YouTube of at the bottom of the article. Over at bluhalo.com, they have also reported on the bug but have mentioned that Wang and Li reported this issue to Sophos who are of course a large firm when it comes to security over the net. To Facebook’s credit, they have plugged the breach and sorted it out pretty quickly once it was brought to their attention.

Do you get worried about who might be accessing your data from Facebook when you hear reports like this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.