Facebook dodges potential ‘peeping Tom’ webcam exploit thanks to bug hunters

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It appears that Facebook has dodged a somewhat serious security mishap that would have allowed hackers to remotely and secretly activate user webcams and post the recorded video to their profiles. According to Bloomberg, a pair of researchers at XY Security discovered this bug in July and submitted it to Facebook, who paid the pair $ 2,500 in cash for their efforts — that’s five times the typical going rate Facebook offers for bugs users submit, an admission that the bug was particularly serious. A Facebook spokesperson told Bloomberg that it found no users were affected when it closed the hole, but it’s still a potentially serious flaw the company must be glad it fixed before things got ugly. “This vulnerability, like many others we…

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