Facebook's source code goes public

The effects of the leak aren't immediately apparent, but you can bet that Facebook is working to make sure that this doesn't happen again.

Today a newly created blog, named Facebook Secrets, posted Facebook's homepage source code online for everyone to see. According to TechCrunch, Facebook has responded to the leak saying that, "Some of Facebook's source code was exposed to a small number of users due to a bug on a single server that was misconfigured and then fixed immediately. It was not a security breach and did not compromise user data in any way. The reprinting of this code violates several laws and we ask that people not distribute it further."

It's not immediately apparent what effects this leak will have for Facebook, but you can bet that the company isn't happy about it and is working to make sure that this doesn't happen again. As we speak, I am sure that hackers are poring through the code looking for exploits in Facebook. Hopefully this won't hurt Facebook's security reputation too much, especially since there are already enough concerns with the privacy of information on social networks.

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    Harrison Hoffman is a tech enthusiast and co-founder of LiveSide.net, a blog about Windows Live. The Web services report covers news, opinions, and analysis on Web-based software from Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and countless other companies in this rapidly expanding space. Hoffman currently attends the University of Miami, where he studies business and computer science. Disclosure.

     

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