Google’s mail-in repair service was recently accused of hacking a customer’s phone. Game designer and author Jane McGonigal recently sent her Pixel 5a to Google for repair, and she claims that they hacked it and went through her private data and photos – especially those with hints of nudity.
A good photograph has the power to stop us in our tracks, take our breath away, inspire us, make us wish we were there, standing inside of it. It’s true, the power of photography is magnificent. Unfortunately, it’s magical powers are sometimes used in ways that are not quite so inspirational. Like last year, when a 31-year old hacker who works under the name”Starbug”, claimed he could recreate a person’s fingerprints using just a few images from a “standard photo camera”, which proved by duplicating the fingerprints of German defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen.
In the same presentation, Starbug demonstrated how embarrassingly easy it is to trick facial recognition software using printed out photographs. Strabug’s work prompted an international conversation on security and how rapidly evolving camera tech is causing new concerns about the way criminals can use photography to commit crimes.
There are millions of photos are posted to Facebook every hour and a large part of the people posting the images don’t even think twice about just how secure the social media giant is going to keep to their images once they are uploaded. That’s exactly why the bug discovered by white hat hacker, Laxman Muthiyah, should serve as a reminder to us all not to take internet security for granted, even when dealing with huge corporations such as Facebook.
Muthivah, released his findings on his blog, and posted a video to YouTube (below) showing exactly how he was able to permanently delete any photo album on Facebook, including my photo albums, your photo albums, even Mark Zuckerberg’s photo albums. And he was able to do this startlingly easy using just four lines of code.