Researcher Sow Ching Shiong discovered a password reset vulnerability on Facebook, pointing out that hackers could change the passwords of Facebook users without needing to know the original passwords. Hackers could then visit the main Facebook page to reset passwords once accounts were hacked, which would redirect them to pages that include the user names of the Facebook profiles.
Hackers could then supposedly enter in another user name, change the password, and gain access, Sow wrote:
In normal circumstances, an authenticated Facebook user is required to enter his/her current password on the change password page to prevent an unauthorized person from changing the password without the user’s knowledge.
According to Sow and ZDNet, Facebook has fixed this issue. Now when you go to Facebook.com/hacked, the username is nowhere in the URL.
Readers: Have you ever been hacked?
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