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Facebook users’ account details inadvertently leaked: Symantec

Third parties, in particular advertisers, have accidentally had access to Facebook users’ accounts, including profiles, photographs and chat, and also had the ability to post messages and mine personal information

New York: Hundreds of thousands of Facebook users’ account details could have been “inadvertently” leaked to third parties, in particular advertisers, over the years, according to data security solutions provider Symantec.

“Symantec has discovered that in certain cases, Facebook IFRAME applications inadvertently leaked access tokens to third parties like advertisers or analytic platforms,” Symantec Corp said in its official blog.

According to a PTI report, third parties, in particular advertisers, have accidentally had access to Facebook users’ accounts, including profiles, photographs and chat, and also had the ability to post messages and mine personal information.

“We estimate that as of April, 2011, close to 100,000 applications were enabling this leakage. We estimate that over the years, hundreds of thousands of applications may have inadvertently leaked millions of ‘access tokens’ to third parties,” the blog post added.

Access tokens are like ‘spare keys’ granted by a Facebook user to the Facebook application. Applications can use these tokens or keys to perform certain actions on behalf of the user or to access the user’s profile.

“Fortunately, these third—parties may not have realised their ability to access this information,” the blog post said.

Facebook has been informed of this development and has taken corrective action to help eliminate this issue. “Facebook was notified of this issue and has confirmed this leakage. Facebook notified us of changes on their end to prevent these tokens from getting leaked,” the blog post said.

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SC vacates gag on media against publication of Amar Singh phone tapes

Court says politician suppressed facts; free to file case against Reliance Infocomm which tapped his phone

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today lifted its gag order on the media that restrained it from broadcasting and publishing contents of taped conversations of former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh with some top politicians and Bollywood stars.

A bench of judges GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly dismissed Mr Singh’s petition and vacated its interim order passed of 27th February that had restrained the media from making the contents of the conversation public.

The bench said that there had been suppression of facts by the politician before the court in the case. However, the Court said that the politician could file a case against Reliance Infocomm for illegally tapping his phone, reports PTI.

Judge Ganguly, who wrote the judgement, said that no case was made out against the Centre and its authorities as they were not involved in tapping Mr Singh’s phone.

The bench had reserved its verdict on the petition on 29th March after hearing Mr Singh and the non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), which opposed the plea and sought a direction to make public all the tapped conversations.

Mr Singh, who was Samajwadi Party general secretary at the time when his telephones were tapped, had accused the Congress party and private telecom operator Reliance Infocomm, of being behind the tapping, but later withdrew the allegations.

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Wipro to buy majority stake in Brazil-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer

Wipro's Infrastructure Engineering division will buy majority stake in Brazil-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer RKM Equipamentos Hidraulicos for an undisclosed sum.

New York: Wipro Ltd on Wednesday announced it has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Brazil-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer RKM Equipamentos Hidraulicos Ltd, reports PTI.

Subject to customary regulatory approvals, the acquisition is expected to be completed during the quarter, the Bangalore-headquartered company said. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Wipro Infrastructure Engineering President Pratik Kumar said, "Brazil is an extremely attractive market for us ...driven by a high growth economy and huge investments in infrastructure over the next few years. RKM provides us an ideal platform to expand and extend our portfolio of offerings in the Brazilian market and well as rest of the Latin America."

Jose Luiz Ramos, the CEO of RKM Equipamentos Hidraulicos Ltd, said, "The partnership with Wipro Infrastructure Engineering will give us a wider customer access and expansion opportunities into new-end equipment segments."

The acquisition would be a part of Wipro's Infrastructure Engineering division. Wipro Infrastructure Engineering is a global leader in precision engineered hydraulic cylinders and components. It is a Tier-1 supplier to global original equipment manufacturers of construction and earth moving machinery, material handling equipment, forestry equipment, heavy and medium commercial vehicles, among other industries, across Asia and Europe.

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