Facebook Logging Pakistan Users Into Random Accounts?
By on June 14th, 2010

I have been seeing reports from few people who live in Pakistan that is logging them into random users accounts. This was not just the case with one user, but has happened with multiple users in Pakistan, take a look at the updates below.

The first update was posted by @SaadGH on about 11 hours ago and mentioned that Facebook was logging him into other’s account, status update here. Back then I did not heed much into that update.

Facebook Random Access Update Pakistan 1

However, the second update I saw was on Facebook itself and was posted about 5 minutes ago, which can be viewed here.

Facebook Random Access Update Pakistan 2

Both these individuals are in Pakistan and have had problems while logging into Facebook as in that they are being logged into someone else’s account. If these issues are anywhere real, the ramifications are going to be pretty high considering that Facebook has never been privacy’s favorite child.

If users are logged into random accounts, it means that they have access to everything that user has in their account, and I mean everything. The could change their passwords, update their status or do whatever they want.

Many users are blaming a Pakistan Internet provider PTCL for the issue, but how would an ISP be able to generate a cookie that would allow users into another user’s account. Does it mean that Facebook is generating cookies which are easy to crack or is Facebook’s whole login system busted?

This is not the first time that Facebook has been in a controversy in Pakistan and there was a big issue where Facebook was banned by a Pakistan court over a Facebook page.

So is this just an issue in Pakistan or are people from other countries seeing the same issue. Have you come across this issue where you have been logged into someone else’s account?

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  • Max

    I'm facing the same problem here! it was alright in the morning but a few minutes ago when i logged in, it logged me into a new random id everytime! I mean what the crap is this????

    So much for the privacy!

    • fahad

      lol

  • Zinnooran

    I am facing the same problem here in Lahore, Pakistan. Facebook is not working properly and logging us in different accounts randomly.

  • Sohaib

    same problem, serious breach of privacy !

  • http://www.scamregister.co.uk priorty

    I think people in pakistan are less bothered about facebook anymore since they have their own version… one of them is http://www.facebookofpakistan.com

  • beenish

    same problem is with me how can we sort it and how much time it will take to get sorted plzz help me

  • sadaffayyaz

    Yes same here ;;; some other I'd privacy gone issue can't even report fb its after I switched to ptcl last week. Never happened with wateen

    • kami chauhdry

      iz ur account disabled ? my account is disable fb team send me warnings and then account is disable … i try to contact …. but no satisfy reply ..

  • zoyan

    i am also facing same problem.i am using ptcl connection from pakistan

  • Tariq

    Same problem here :/

  • Hirra

    You know its always better not to say anything at all when you dont know anything…People like will get FB banned again! I use EVO and the same thing was happening to me. I was getting logged in to random accounts even when i clicked on "Log Out"..I dont know what was happening. But NO I was not able to view that person's profile or edit anything as it just let me view the home page where the news feed is and if I clicked on anything like the FB inbox then it wud show me my inbox and if I went on their profile then it asked me to add them so it was pretty weird. So dont even speak when you dont know all the facts. Now FB has blocked saying I am using a bad IP :( ughh

    • Afraz

      umm…this has started to happen after a week after FB was re-opened…i live in islmabad and use PTCL but i don't get logged in to other users accounts…infact my account opens after several tries…but it works fine on my cell phone…so it means that the problem is only with PTCL users…well for the time being u can use other sites to get logged in ur FB account..such as ninjaclaok.com…..

    • kami chauhdry

      i have the same problem dear .. and my account is disabled now … iz ur account working?

  • Hirra

    * people like you

    * FB has blocked me

  • Hayyan

    I thinks its fixed now hopefully for good.

    • Hirra

      It keeps telling me to reset my password cuz Ive tried to log in too many times…it keeps logging me out…still not working fine

  • Ejaz

    its a serious matter guys,, today i am facing the same problem as stated by other people, is it something being done with us PAKISTANI"S or is it some technical probelm being faced by FB???

  • http://shadowyzman.deviantart.com Saad Salman Zia

    It's not Facebook only…It's PTCL because the same thing is happening to my DeviantArt account. It logs me into other user's accounts. Ironically all the other users whom I am logged to are also Pakistani.

  • tauseef mutwahir

    Yeah, ive been having this problem for quite some time now, and not only that, it randomly freezes and dosent load a page.

    I wrote to facebook to complain that i did not have a bad ip and this is what they wrote back and i quote..

    "Hi,

    Thanks for writing in to Facebook. We're sorry you are experiencing problems accessing your account. There is an ISP delivering Internet traffic to certain IP addresses in Pakistan that is misconfigured in such a way that it has the effect of exposing one user's data to other users. This affects all web sites, not just Facebook. In the interest of protecting our users' privacy, we are blocking the ISP until their misconfiguration is resolved. We are also reaching out to the appropriate administrators to help them expedite their fix. In addition, we are working on automated ways to more quickly detect third-party network errors like this.

    You will not be able to use this ISP to access your Facebook account until their error is resolved. We encourage you to contact your Internet service provider to bring this error to their attention.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Thanks,
    The Facebook Team"

    PTCL insists that it has nothing to do with them but i am thinking that is it possible for the ISP to be routing clients in such a way that my IMMEDIATE IP address is being given to someone else which is why i would be logging into their account….

  • Mariam

    I cant access my deviantart account either. Its been 3 days. My facebook has been fixed atleast. is the problem still persisting?

  • Iram Shaheen

    yeah dat too happened wd me so many times……….. when ever i moved 4m 1page 2 another….like 2 my home page or refreshes it, somebody else's home page aapears thier bt smtimes it iz really irritating………… diz iz nt gud coz on fb v hv very much personal data……it mst b safe guarded….

  • x3di

    i m having the same problem just now…

    and i dont even need to log into my own account..

    i just go to http://www.facebook.com

    and it logs me into many differnet accounts continuosly…

    and yes i m using PTCL broadband

  • kami chauhdry

    the same problem happend to me … my got few warnings from facebook team and they blame ptcl or isp .. and from last 20 days my account is disabled

  • adnan butt

    I’m facing the same problem here! it was alright in the morning but a few minutes ago when i logged in, it logged me into a new random id everytime! I mean

  • http://www.techdaba.com/ Shahan

    I have faced this problem as-well.

 
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