A failure of Facebook has affected 6.8 million people who used Facebook Login use the social network to identify themselves in other applications. This ruling has allowed other apps to access the photos of users of the social network. The company has announced that the problem has been solved, but that it left the door open for some 1,500 applications to have access to more photos than public ones, such as those published in Stories by the user or uploads but not shared.
The problem lasted 12 days, between September 13 and 25, according to the company announced in an entry of his blog aimed at developers. The social network has also explained that the ruling was discovered by an internal team.
Facebook has enabled an address where it informs users if their photos have been accessible. And it has announced that it has already sent an alert to the potential affected. The social network has apologized to its users and hopes to repair the damage in the coming days in collaboration with the 876 companies that have created the apps that could take advantage of the failure.
“At the beginning of next week, we will deploy tools for app developers that let them determine which people who use their applications may have been affected by this failure, we will work with those developers to delete the photos of those affected, “says Facebook in his blog.
The dates of this security hole coincide with the detection of Facebook’s last major hack, which affected data from 29 million users: “We saw an unusual jump of activity that began on September 14, 2018 and we started an investigation,” he said. in October Guy Rosen, Vice President of Product of Facebook. As The Verge has learned, the company knew about the hack revealed this Friday since September 25. Perhaps the coincidence of dates of both attacks caused the delay of the publication of this case.
The news this Friday is the last of a terrible year for privacy on Facebook. Users who distrust that this social network protects all the data it controls can now add one more reason. Since the admission of responsibility for Cambridge Analytica in March to the slowing down of research on the Russian campaign on the network, the last year of Facebook has been black.