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Zuckerberg’s dirty little secret: one master password accesses every single account

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And the surprising part? He’s not the only one who has it.

Facebook’s had it’s security woes, that’s no secret. More recently, the big blue has come under fire over allegations of taking part in NSA espionage of it’s users. Facebookk has officially denied any claims linking it to the PRISM scandal.

More recently, an ex-Facebook employee has come out and expressed significantly more concerns over Facebook’s data. As it turns out, there is a master password that was delegated to early employees that gives you access to any account on the planet.

The security issues are clear here for obvious reasons. Although more recent customer service reps have been given secure, direct channels to make account changes, the ex employee has suggested that the password still exists, floating among the few remnants of early Facebook.

“Users of social networks generally assume that they are the only ones that can access the information they input, and in most cases at most companies that is most likely not true, because at least some of the staff need to have access to user accounts in order to do their jobs,” she said. “There has to be a way for the staff to manage and repair user account issues, and for this reason user data within most startups, especially when they are young, is never completely locked up from company staff.”

via the Guardian

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