Facebook email switch prompts outcry

Originally posted 2012-06-27 14:13:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Facebook users were venting anger Tuesday over a move changing users’ default email address to the one operated by the leading social network.

“You can thank Facebook for making that change without telling you,” said security consultant Graham Cluley of Sophos.

Facebook indicated in April it would be “updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site.”

Bloggers began noticing over the weekend that their contact information had been changed in what some called a “Gmail Killer.”

“Facebook silently inserted themselves into the path of formerly direct unencrypted communications from people who want to email me. In other contexts, this is known as a Man In The Middle (MITM) attack. What on earth do they think they are playing at?,” said Gervase Markham on his blog, “Hacking for Christ.”

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