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Facebook security breach allows anyone to see private photos

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By John Glenday, Reporter

December 7, 2011 | 1 min read

The latest security breach at Facebook has seen users able to download private user photographs – including Mark Zuckerberg himself.

Despite acting quickly to close the loophole Zuckerberg was left with egg on his face when his private pictures, stolen from the site, were propagated on the internet.

The hack exploited a loophole in Facebook’s reporting system whereby people could report a user (their target) for posting nudity or pornography in their profile picture - before being asked to select additional photos to include in their report.

Facebook then conveniently furnishes them with an album of additional photos to peruse, including private snaps.

In a statement Facebook said: “The bug allowed anyone to view a limited number of another user's most recently uploaded photos irrespective of the privacy settings for these photos.

"Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed."

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