Facebook exposed private photos from up to 6.8 million users to apps that were not supposed to see them, the company said today. Disse apps var autoriseret til at se et begrænset sæt af brugeres fotos, men et bug tilladt dem at se billeder, de var ikke givet adgang til. These included photos from people's stories as well as photos that people uploaded but never posted.
The exposure occurred between September 12th and September 25th. Facebook told TechCrunch that it discovered the breach on the 25th; it is not clear why the company waited until now to disclose it. (Perhaps it's because the company was dealing with a separate and substantially larger breach that also discovered on September 25th.)
Affected users will receive a notification alerting them that their photos may have been exposed. Facebook also says it will be working with developers to delete copies of photos they were not supposed to access. In total, up to 1
Facebook said the bug had to do with access Facebook photos within their own apps.
"We're sorry this happened," writes Tomer Bar, engineering director at Facebook. "We're sorry, this happened," said Tomer Bar, engineering director at Facebook. Facebook has been in hot water again and again this year about data breaches and exposures, most notably with Cambridge Analytica. In veel gevallen zijn de problemen niet veroorzaakt door hackers, maar ze hebben gestemd van issues binnen Facebook zelf. The Cambridge Analytica breach happened because of Facebook's salmon oversight of developers and data sharing; Today's issue has happened because of another breakdown in communication between Facebook and developers.
Google has already pledged to shut down Google+ about similar issues. Twice this year, the service exposed information inappropriately to developers.