Happy bitchday from Facebook

Graham Cluley

Yesterday my colleague Pablo Teijeira, who is based in our Madrid office, logged into Facebook as normal and was confronted with a rather unusual message in place of the usual reminder of whose birthday it was today:

Rather than “Hoy es cumple de” (“Today is the birthday of”) the Spanish language version of Facebook was saying “f*ck you bitches”. Charming.

Pablo dropped me a line, wondering if I knew if Facebook had been hacked or if there was some other sinister explanation.

Well, the good news is that it wasn’t malware and it was more done as a prank than with malicious intent. Facebook has relied upon volunteers to translate its site, and if enough people vote for an incorrect translation it can automatically replace the legitimate wording.

It’s all very well harnessing the power of the net to get your website translated, but maybe Facebook should put a few more…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

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