Security

Brief glitch let Facebook users see private photos

What’s been described as a bug in some new computer code briefly allowed Facebook users to snoop on the private pictures of other members. The glitch, which Facebook discovered Tuesday, was part of the site’s tool that lets users report offensive contents. Clicking on a user’s profile picture, then reporting it to Facebook as containing …

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Lawmaker calls for FTC probe into Carrier IQ

U.S. Representative Edward Markey on Friday asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether software maker Carrier IQ violated millions of mobile phone users’ privacy rights. Carrier IQ makes software that companies including AT&T Inc and Sprint Nextel install in mobile devices. It runs in the background, transmitting data that the software maker says its …

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Android’s a malware magnet, says McAfee

Malware targeted toward Android devices continues to surge, says a new report from McAfee, pushing 2011 to become the busiest year in history for both mobile and general malware. The amount of malware infecting Android devices during the third quarter grew almost 37 percent from the second quarter, according to McAfee’s Third-Quarter Threats Report (PDF). …

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