Although Facebook is supposed to have clear privacy restrictions, it appears that a loophole has been identified.
FBHive reported the following: “With a simple hack, everything listed in a person’s “Basic Information” section can be viewed, no matter what their privacy settings are. This information includes networks, sex, birthday, hometown, siblings, parents, relationship status, interested in, looking for, political views and religious views.”
In the next few days we can expect to see how this hack worked and how the problem was uncovered in the first place.
It took Facebook 15 days to fix the problem and today they issued the following statement: “We have identified this bug and closed the loophole. We don’t have any evidence to suggest that it was ever exploited for malicious purposes.”