Security team hacks hundreds of Facebook groups

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Offline Bugbatter

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Security team hacks hundreds of Facebook groups
« on: November 11, 2009, 11:50:18 AM »

An anonymous group calling itself "Control Your Info" has taken over hundreds of Facebook groups to highlight what it claims is a major security weakness on the social networking site.

Facebook downplayed the incident and said no hacking or confidential information was involved.

As of this morning, more than 200 Facebook groups were hijacked and renamed "Control Your Info" . Pasted on each group's Wall was a message announcing that it had been "hijacked" and reminding members to be careful about controlling personal information on social networking sites.

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Re: Security team hacks hundreds of Facebook groups
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2009, 12:07:45 PM »
Quote from: FastCompany
Was Control Your Info's project effective? Sure. If Facebook wasn't aware of the problem before, they are now. But is exploiting a rare and random design flaw (instead of, say, an e-mail to Facebook) the most effective way to continue a cause? Not really. Control Your Info's Facebook fan page has been disabled, as have accounts that got tangled up in the hijacking. Control Your Info backed up all the information from the original groups that were hijacked, but since their Facebook accounts were disabled, they're no long admins and can't restore the group info. "We will find some way of providing it back to the people who it belongs to," they say. Whoops. LINK

Interesting event. I am surprised no one had thought of this before. I don't think it's as big a deal as it's being made out to be, though.