Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe
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Phones, facebook and cookies

AP Exclusive: Alarming network glitch makes the Internet lose track of who is who on Facebook

A Georgia mother and her two daughters logged onto Facebook from mobile phones last weekend and wound up in a startling place: strangers' accounts with full access to troves of private information.

It's hard to tell from the AP writeup what's going wrong in the AT&T->Facebook routing; it looks like a combination of IP addresses being wrongly assigned and cookies being cached and proxied. As mobile Web use grows, that's rather a worrying thought - Internet security isn't a primary skill of most mobile carriers yet (if I'm feeling snarky I could say Internet access isn't a primary skill of most mobile carriers either)...
 

Tags: facebook, link, mobile data, security, smartphone, technology
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