‫ Security hole exposes Android, iOS to Facebook identity theft

ID: IRCNE2012041463
Date: 2012-04-08
According to "zdnet", News broke today of a new security vulnerability discovered in Facebook for Android and Facebook for iOS that means your Facebook identity can be stolen if you use an Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone, and/or iPad. U.K. app developer Gareth Wright, who discovered the issue, said it comes down to Facebook’s native apps for the two platforms not encrypting your login credentials, meaning they can be easily swiped over a USB connection, or more likely, via malicious apps. Facebook has responded that this issue only applies to compromised or jailbroken devices.
“Facebook’s iOS and Android applications are only intended for use with the manufacture provided operating system, and access tokens are only vulnerable if they have modified their mobile OS (i.e. jailbroken iOS or modded Android) or have granted a malicious actor access to the physical device,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. As Apple states, ‘unauthorized modification of iOS could allow hackers to steal personal information … or introduce malware or viruses.’ To protect themselves we recommend all users abstain from modifying their mobile OS to prevent any application instability or security issues.”


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