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07 Dec 2011

Facebook flaw exposes founder's private pictures

After internet users discovered a Facebook security flaw, private pictures of the founder Mark Zuckerberg were released to the public. For those on Facebook, internet security precautions should be taken and nothing private that needs to stay private should be on the website without extreme caution.

Slate said the user was out to show the flaw to the company by posting the pictures in an online gallery. The company said the flaw was a result of one of the recent "code pushes" and is being fixed by the company.

“This is the latest in a long list of privacy concerns caused by Facebook, although most to date have been caused by bad decisions as opposed to bad code,” said Michael Sutton, vice president of security research at Zscaler ThreatLabZ in an email to the Washington Post. “This is a challenge for the largest social network on the planet - with great power comes great responsibility.”

Users on Facebook should equip themselves with antivirus software and internet security software, but with flaws like this, it is best to use common sense in keeping private photos off public websites.