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Photos of 6.8 Million Facebook Users Exposed by API Bug

Facebook revealed on Friday that a bug related to its Photo API could have allowed third-party apps to access users’ photos, even ones that were supposed to be private.

According to the social media giant, its internal team discovered a bug in the Photo API that impacted users who had utilized Facebook Login and allowed third-party apps to access their photos.

Applications that are granted access to photos are normally allowed to access only images shared on a user’s timeline. However, due to this flaw, developers could have accessed other photos as well, including ones shared on Facebook Marketplace or via Stories, or photos that were only uploaded to the social media service but not posted.

The vulnerability exposed photos for 12 days, between September 13 and September 25, 2018. Facebook believes the bug impacted up to 6.8 million users and 1,500 applications built by over 870 developers. The company pointed out that only apps granted access to photos by the user could...(continued)

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