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Facebook Photo API Bug Exposed Pics of Up to 6.8 Million Users

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Facebook just announced that a bug in its application programming interface for photos may have allowed third-party unauthorized access to images on 6.8 million accounts.

Apps that receive user-permission to access their photos are typically restricted to the content published on the Timeline. However, for a period of about two weeks between September 13 and September 25, an error in the code update forthePhotoAPIextended thispermission to other sections of the profile, such as Marketplace or Facebook Stories; furthermore, the pictures that the user did not publish were also exposed.

"For example, if someone uploads a photo to Facebook but doesn't finish posting it - maybe because they've lost reception or walked into a meeting - we store a copy of that photo so the person has it when they come back to the app to complete their post," Facebook explainsin its notification.

Image content shared through Messenger conversations was not impacted.

The company found the issue...(continued)

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