Sony and Facebook: Two Data Breaches in Two Weeks

Not only was the world disgusted to hear Sony’s data breach which claimed to have over 77 million customer’s details stolen (and failed to tell their customers until 6 days after the event had happened), news has just been released that Facebook has suffered hundreds of thousands  of accidental leaks because of a flaw in some applications.

The BBC reports that “Security firm Symantec discovered that programs were inadvertently sharing access tokens which could be used by advertisers. It estimates that, as of last month, 100,000 applications were still enabling leaks.”

Symantec say that third parties have “accidentally had access to Facebook users’ accounts including profiles, photographs, chat, and also had the ability to post messages and mine personal information. “
Therefore two of the world’s largest companies have come subject to breaching data regulations in just two weeks. Sony and Facebook are both taking time to rectify these problems and ensure maximum security from now on, but in all fairness, the damage has already been done. Customer relationships have been destroyed and brand names have been spoiled. So, my lasting question is; will any of our data ever be safe?

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