You might want to uninstall the Facebook app: There are reports that Facebook’s iPhone app is infiltrating the address book that comes preinstalled on the iPhone, erasing contacts’ email addresses, and replacing them with their Facebook address (you know, the [name]@facebook.com email address that everyone’s given and nobody uses). This is bad enough, but to make matters worse, the @facebook.com addresses—which are supposed to redirect to users’ Facebook inboxes—apparently aren’t working all that great. The end result is that emails sent by many well-intentioned iPhone users are disappearing into the abyss, irretrievable by their intended recipients. Presumably, affected users are also losing the real email addresses of their friends. This is, to put it lightly, completely inexcusable, and it doesn’t take too much thinking to conjure up many, many disastrous scenarios that could result from a reckless policy like this. source
yeah… I think uninstalling and possibly deactivating is in order
Oh HELL no
for fuck’s sake
He should get an award instead.
A 26-year-old named Glenn Mangham was before a British court recently and admitted to hacking into the servers of Facebook from his bedroom in his parents’ home between April and May of 2011. Mangham is a software development student who claimed that the hacking was an attempt to identify vulnerabilities in Facebook and alert the social network to the issues. The hacker claims to have done the same thing with Yahoo in the past.
While Mangham says that he was a white hat hacker simply looking to help, prosecutors in the case rejected those claims. According to prosecutors Sandip Patel, “He [Mangham] acted with determination, undoubted ingenuity and it was sophisticated, it was calculating.”
Facebook reports that it spent $200,000 dealing with hack and Facebook says that the hack also led to an investigation by the FBI and British law enforcement officers. Patel went on to say, ”He said he wanted a mini project and chose Facebook because of its high-profile internet presence.” Patel also said, “The prosecution does not accept that the defendant’s actions were anything other than malicious.”
The prosecution also claims that Mangham was able to steal “invaluable” intellectual property that he downloaded onto an external hard drive. Patel characterizes the hack is the most extensive and great incident ever brought before British courts.
Judge Alastair McCreath told Mangham that his actions were not harmless and had real and serious consequences. Judge McCreath said, “You and others who are tempted to act as you did really must understand how serious this is.” He continued, ”The creation of that risk, the extent of that risk and the cost of putting it right mean at the end of it all I’m afraid a prison sentence is inevitable.”
The attack targeted multiple servers and bypass Facebook security. The hacker gained access to the account of a Facebook employee while the worker was on holiday and obtained the restricted internal data. When Mangham begun to fear he would be caught, he attempted to cover his footprints and erase any evidence that he was inside the system. Facebook later discovered the hack during a routine security review.
Mangham was sentenced to eight months in prison, was forced to forfeit his computer equipment, and his access to the internet was restricted.
It’s a shame that he got caught. This guy seems like a boss.
Facebook, you are bunch of fucking idiots. You should have hired him.
You can read more about it here: http://europe-v-facebook.org/EN/Data_Pool/data_pool.html#Messages
The implications of this are huge! Huge! Privacy isn’t an option any more. Remember, “if you aren’t paying for it you are the product being sold.”
If you need to talk privately about something, use Skype. While it’s not completely secure, since they use a peer-to-peer system they don’t store your messages on their servers (in a peer-to-peer system your data shouldn’t pass through their servers at all once the connection is established), and they have a pretty strong history of protecting user privacy. I think it should be clear by now that Facebook has zero interest in protecting user privacy and at this point, if you use it, you should consider everything you do on it a part of your public life.
The number of people on my Facebook feed complaining about the interface change is approximately equal to the number of people complaining about the people who are complaining about the interface change.