Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 5:01 PMPosted by Vijaya Machavolu, orkut team
The orkut team is aware that a small subset of OpenSocial applications are being used to spread phishing attacks to orkut users. In order to ensure that we maintain our rigorous security standards, we have temporarily removed all applications from users' profile pages.
The functionality of these applications will not be affected. We're working on bringing these applications back to users' profile pages as quickly as possible, and applications will begin to reappear as this process continues.
Users can still access applications from the left nav bar and open them in canvas view. Applications will also continue to have access to the same API, allowing them to send messages and post updates to activity streams. We have found these to be the main drivers of application usage and believe that applications should continue to enjoy the same popularity.
This is the first step we're taking to help make applications safer and faster for our users. We'll be sure to keep you posted about these changes, so please stay tuned for updates. To learn more about building safe applications for orkut, please check out this blog post or visit the developer forum.