21 January 2008

MySpace Bug Leaks 'Private' Teen Photos to Voyeurs

(Wired)
A backdoor in MySpace's architecture allows anyone who's interested to see the photographs of some users with private profiles - including those under 16 - despite assurances from MySpace that those pictures can only be seen by people on a user's friends list. Info about the backdoor has been circulating on message boards for months. Since the glitch emerged last fall, it has spawned a cottage industry of ad-supported websites that make it easy to access the photographs, spurring self-described pedophiles and run-of-the-mill voyeurs to post photos pilfered from private MySpace accounts.