Hide Your Spring Break Photos. Now.

I won’t name names, but I get a lot of flack from my coworkers for kfacebook-privacy-screen.JPGeeping my debaucherous Facebook photos (all 339 of them) under lock-down. I can see some fantastically unflattering photos of them, they say. Why can’t they see mine? I say I’m smart to block them from seeing pictures of me doing [redacted], but in fact, I might still be putting too much stock in Facebook privacy. Today, Facebook is taking flack of its own for a lapse in security, discovered yesterday. This loophole, found by a Canadian computer technician, allowed him to use a computer code to view pictures of people to whom he did not have access. His victims? Paris Hilton and her brother Barron, caught attending an Emmy party and drinking beer, respectively. The Associated Press, mimicking this hack, was even able to tap into Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s photos. Oh, and they peeped at some of the other 67 million members’ spring break photos, too. A spokesperson for Facebook says that the site fixed the bug within an hour. But it’s still creepy that explicit privacy controls aren’t enough to keep hackers and AP reporters from seeing your photos (and silently judging your keg stand technique). Leave it to Paris Hilton remind us– again– that sometimes it’s better to just destroy the evidence.

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