Use Facebook’s activity stream to make friends look like adulterous, job-changing murderers
It seems incredibly easy to trick people with Facebook's new timeline thingy into thinking their friends have some serious problems.
When you share a link on Facebook, you can edit any of the text - which means you can fool your friends into clicking on something that isn't what it seems. Which will make all their other friends think they have an STD or are getting divorced or something.
Alex Moss and I are connected on Facebook. And we are both using the Guardian's new Facebook app.
I shared this link on Facebook. Facebook does all the work when you share a link, so it turned my link into this.
You can actually edit all this (just click the bits you want to change), so I removed the thumbnail and edited all the text, to look like this. I've always thought it weird Facebook lets you do this - as I could be sharing a link to anything and it seems wrong it lets you obfuscate this.
The result - when Alex clicked on the link, the timline feature updated instantly to say "Alex Moss read STDs in England: Breakdown by region, gender and ethnicity" (see the screenshot back at the top of this post).
Depending on what articles the Guardian has, I could trick Alex into clicking an edited link and make it look like he was reading up on depression, STDs, adoption, murder, divorce, applying for a new job, or joining Soulmates.
But that just proves you've got something to hide.
This isn't a problem with the Guardian app per se - it's a problem with any app that might contain content that you wouldn't want friends to think you're consuming.
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