The funniest internet privacy fails

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Internet privacy is something we all love to be assured of. This is the only way we can be comfortable while indulging in the many good things available on the internet. Privacy fails are situations where the data belonging t o individuals and companies is breached. In this state of affairs, the cyber attack criminals get access to your data and are able to use this data to steal your vital information and sometimes even your money can be stolen. Well, there are some real privacy fails that have happened and there are other kinds of privacy fail hoaxes that sound funny from t he beginning. We shall consider the most epic and other funny privacy fails that are worth our mention.

Snapchat and the disappearing selfies

This company may have misled users to believe that their photos and their video would disappear forever. The company had promised its users that the photos that they took in the form of selfies and their videos would disappear forever within seconds. Well, this was definitely a matter of privacy but it turned out to be a hoax.

The company was slapped with sanctions by the US Federal Trade Commission. They admitted that the selfies and the videos stayed on the user’s phones and indeed in the Snapchat servers for an undefined amount of time.  This way, they had breached the security of the users and this definitely was a bad thing and experience for the users.

The people who received your videos and snaps could actually preserve them for a long period of time. The company turned into a ghost when asked to account for their privacy failure! Rather, they never turned up when asked by the US Senate to appear before it!

The Talking Angela funny, hysterical freak-out

This one sounds funny and hysterical, to say the least.  The fact that a company fails to protect its users from hoaxes on security and data breaches is in itself a security breach! You see, the users will be worried and may, in essence, take actions that can make their security online not guaranteed. When a hoax appeared online about the children’s app Talking Angela, claiming that the app spied on children, many people believed the hoax and shared this widely. As such, more people were made to believe that their children were no secured online and as such, they shared this hoax with their friends and relatives.

In as much as this was a lie, the company may have done better in reassuring its clients that the hoax was indeed that, a hoax! As such, millions of users were duped to believe that their children were being spied on by a man in the Talking Angela Cats eyes! This was indeed a security “breach” of sorts on the users of the kids’ app!

  1. Adobe’s password blunders and Mega Breach of Online Privacy

In as much as we have concentrated on the funny side of the online privacy breaches, these are real data breaches that can be costly to clients and online users of company products. For a big company like Adobe to take the security of its clients casually is no laughing matter. As such, in 2013, hackers succeeded in stealing data records of up to 150 Million customers. This was due to the fact that the company had stored client data in a way that made it easy to crack the passwords.

Adobe’s failures arose when:

  • Passwords were no hashed but encrypted. This should not have been the case
  • The company used only one decryption key for all the passwords
  • A block cipher that revealed passwords lengths was used in contrary to the norms
  • The company stored the password hints in a clear text form, and these were stored together with the passwords.

The above was a real mess for such a big company and this lack of security and privacy seriousness in the manner of customer data storage is something that should never be the case in the first place. This would sound like a joke when happening to such big companies!

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