Inigral Helps Facebook Stay Secure

The Inigral CTO accidentally made worldwide headlines when he found a bug in Facebook’s Instant Personalization.   Facebook immediately fixed it, and the world was saved from potentially evil hackers….  We’re so proud, our George is a superhero.

Superhero George does some hacking.

Superhero George does some hacking.

At Inigral, we go the extra mile for security – our engineers are inherently security conscious.   So, when Facebook started to release Instant Personalization, our CTO George Deglin saw a security hole.

This bug allowed a hacker to take lots of your personal data by using Yelp as a proxy without ever going to the site.

This bug allowed a hacker to take lots of your personal data by using Yelp as a proxy without ever going to the site.

He posted a note and tagged some of our favorite engineers on the Facebook Platform to let them know.

This essay entitled "Facebook Connect and Security" revealed the bug to the Platform team

This essay entitled "Facebook Connect and Security" revealed the bug to the Platform team

George’s note concluded with:

“My advice to Facebook is that they re-evaluate the current architecture and implementation of Connect. You just can’t play with the personal identities of 500 million users, especially if you’ve spent the past six years developing trust with them.”

At that point, TechCrunch found it, wrote a story, other media outlets picked it up, and the world went on a general, world-wide freak out.

Yelp and Facebook get put on the fences for the security hole.

Yelp and Facebook get put on the fences for the security hole.

Mark Zuckerburg prioritized dead simple privacy settings, wrote an editorial in the Washington Post, and made users feel better.

The Hegelian Synthesis....

The Hegelian Synthesis....

George received a thank you baseball hat for his service to Facebook, the Internet, and the World.

George's reward for finding a bug on Facebook Instant Personalization and causing an accidental PR firestorm

George's reward for finding a bug on Facebook Instant Personalization and causing an accidental PR firestorm

The End.

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  • http://www.cohenstrategygroup.com matt c

    A tip of the hat (to George), and a wag of the finger (at Facebook)…and apologies to Stephen Colbet.

  • http://www.cohenstrategygroup.com matt c

    *Colbert*