AT&T Fixes Mobile Facebook Problems

AT&T has fixed several problems that caused some AT&T customers to log into the wrong Facebook account when using their mobile phones, an AT&T spokesman said on Monday: "In a limited number of instances, a server software connectivity error resulted in some AT&T wireless customers being logged in to the wrong Facebook account when they accessed Facebook through their mobile phones."

AT&T added new security measures to prevent the problem from happening again and worked with Facebook to disable subscriber identification information as an option for automatic log-on, Coe said. The subscriber identification is the session identification number that gets added to the URL, he said.

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AT&T also fixed a separate problem in which a customer in Atlanta was able to log into the wrong Facebook account on a mobile phone. In that "isolated" case, the problem was due to a misdirected cookie on the customer's phone, Coe said.

"We worked with the customer to resolve the issue," he said. "It is unclear how this cookie was set on the phone."

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Asked for comment, a Facebook spokesman said: "We don't have anything more than what AT&T is saying."

The Associated press first reported on the problems this weekend.

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This story originally appeared on CNET

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What bothers me is that this is treated as AT&T's fault. I'm no fan of AT&T, but there should be no way for the phone or network to log someone into the wrong Facebook account.

That's Facebook's burden. If AT&T is the only party that made a change here, then the exploit is still live and could be used by some other client software that decides not to play by the rules.