How you (used to be able to) view anyone’s Basic Info

It’s been less than 24 hours since we published our first feature article, ‘Private Facebook info accessible with a simple hack’. The Facebook Security team contacted us early on and have since fixed the exploit, so what we’re about to show you is no longer achievable. (Which in our opinion is a good thing.)

The exploit involved fooling the “Edit Information” section of your profile to display another user’s Basic Information when you finish editing your own. This was the only section that had this loophole, with the hack failing to work with Contact Information, or any of the other details listed on the page.

By using the Tamper Data add-on for Firefox, we were able to change our profile ID number to that of Mark Zuckerberg, and – voilà! – his basic information appeared in our own profile. Watch the video below for a demo:

N.B. This exploit has been patched and no longer works.

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