Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
5,671 Reviews & Articles | 36,049 News Posts

Facebook fixes bug that would have allowed hackers to turn on users' webcams

Facebook bug that would have allowed hackers to turn on users' webcams patched

| Internet & Websites News | Posted: Dec 29, 2012 12:29 am

Facebook has patched a bug that would have allowed hackers to turn on a user's webcam and then post the video to the user's profile. The bug was discovered by two computer-security researchers in India. Aditya Gupta and Subho Halder each received $2,500 in cash for finding the bug.


TweakTown image news/2/7/27549_1_facebook_fixes_bug_that_would_have_allowed_hackers_to_turn_on_users_webcams.jpg


$2,500 is five times the usual price paid by Facebook for finding bugs, so this one can definitely be classified as "serious." Several companies participate in these "bug bounties," though a notable few don't. Microsoft is one of these companies that doesn't. Facebook says that their investigation turned up no users who were affected by the bug.


"This vulnerability, like many others we provide a bounty for, was only theoretical, and we have seen no evidence that it has been exploited in the wild," Wolens wrote in an e-mail. "Essentially, several things would need to go wrong - a user would need to be tricked into visiting a malicious page and clicking to activate their camera, and then after some time period, tricked into clicking again to stop/publish the video."


All told, Facebook, Google, and Mozilla have paid more than $2 million to researchers for finding bugs.


Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Internet & Websites news at our Internet & Websites news index page.

Do you get our news RSS feed? Get It!

Post a Comment about this news

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

Latest Downloads

View More Latest Downloads

TweakTown Web Poll

Question: Did EA kill the Battlefield franchise with the terrible BF4 issues?

Yes, Battlefield is doomed

No, Battlefield will live on strong

I'm not sure, but I know EA needs to improve its game

or View the Results

View More Polls

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
Get TweakTown updates via Facebook!
Just click the "Like" button below