Weird AT&T Glitch Allowed Users To Access Other People's Facebook Account [Associated Press/Silicon Alley Insider]
The Associated Press reported over the weekend about a significant problem facing users of AT&T's wireless network. A routing error has caused an unknown number of AT&T customers connecting to other AT&T customers' Facebook pages - rather than their own. If you're accessing Facebook via an AT&T wireless device, there's a chance you will gain access to the Facebook account of a complete stranger. And at the same time, there may be a complete stranger also connected to the AT&T network looking at your Facebook account.
According to this report, the routing errors appear to be confined to AT&T's mobile network and users attempting to access Facebook. But even though the glitch is currently limited to Facebook, more sensitive web pages could also be potentially be impacted. Imagine the problems that could be caused by the wires crossing on a site containing sensitive financial data.
Essentially, this error is the result of the routing infrastructure at AT&T, connecting a user's requested web page to another user's request. It's a very serious error, and there's little indication in this report about what caused it. For their part, an AT&T spokesman is quoted in the article indicating that the problem was related to an error on AT&T's network and that the error was being fixed.
I'll keep an eye out for additional reporting on this serious network glitch.