SECURITY RESEARCHERS have found a glaring security fault with Facebook that allows the "remote control" of accounts.
Upon entering the code users are taken to another page that states that the user "likes" the video and adds a link to it in the user's Facebook status. Thompson says that it is the first such case his team are aware of in which Facebook accounts are remotely controlled.
According to Thompson, his team is unaware of what the payload of the attack is, meaning its true nature may not be as benign as first appearances. Nevertheless, Thompson states that the hack is already successful with over 600,000 users "liking" the video.
As for Facebook, this sort of disregard for security or privacy is merely par for the course. Until the firm sorts itself out, Thompson's advice is clear, do not enter code directly into the browser's address bar. µ
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