Facebook disables chat after security hole discovered

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Facebook has taken down its instant messaging-style system which allows members to chat real-time with each other after claims that the system suffers from a serious security problem.

According to a report by TechCrunch, a security flaw allows your Facebook friends to secretly spy on your private live chats as well as see any pending friend requests that you have made.

In the past Facebook has insisted that privacy is its “highest priority”, but there is growing concern that the site has played fast and loose with the personal information of its 400 million users, encouraging them to share too much private data online and changing privacy settings to be more “open”.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.