Paris Hilton & Lindsay Lohan exposed in MySpace

June 5th, 2008 - 10:33 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The recently introduced website MySpace, allowing everyone to share their profile, community and social networking, suffered a loss for having a privacy flaw exposed pictures of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Private pictures in MySpace of Hilton and Lohan can be viewed by anyone on the internet. A MySpace widget in Yahoo’s Widget Galley could be used to bypass MySpace privacy controls. All of these hacks wouldn’t be possible if their “privacy through obscurity” MySpace profiles weren’t a public secret. For instance Paris Hilton’s private profile (myspace.com/cherubrawk) and Lindsay Lohan’s profile (myspace.com/privacycunt) have already been tracked down by fans, therefore positioning them on the top of the target list for testing of flaws. Even the celebrity hacker earns a lot. Paris Hilton’s T-Mobile Sidekick account hacked two years ago , followed by her private Facebook private photos exposed last month, it’s becoming a rather common event to demonstrate a major privacy exposing leak or a security flaw by testing it on celebrities with the idea to attract as much attention as possible.

MySpace and Yahoo issued a joint statement that sounds like just about every other security-related statement the companies have released individually in the past. “MySpace and Yahoo are firmly committed to keeping all users as safe and secure as possible,” a MySpace spokesperson said in an e-mail. “Recently, MySpace and Yahoo were alerted to vulnerability with the MySpace widget on the Yahoo mobile platform. The functionality of the widget has currently been disabled as we work to roll out an immediate fix.”

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