BBC develops data mining Facebook app to showcase site's insecurity


I applaud the Beeb’s white hat hacking of Facebook. (Reminder: for all your black hat needs, look no further.) Whereas the AP was content a few days ago to sound the alarm over Facebook apps using your info for stupid purposes, the BBC hired someone to do some real theoretical damage.

What’s most scary about the application developed by the Beeb is that you yourself don’t have to install the application; you’re just a vulnerable if one of your dumb app-happy friends installs it.

I sincerely hope there’s a large-scale security breach at Facebook so as to scare straight its less savvy users.