Facebook is experimenting with ways for security-conscious users to access the social network via Tor, and Alec Muffett, a software engineer for security infrastructure in the company’s London office, described the process in a note on the Protect the Graph page.
Part of being able to combat malware, phishing, and other online threats is gathering and consolidating as much data on those threats as possible, and Facebook took a major step forward on that front with its development of ThreatData.
Facebook played a part in an operation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that resulted in 10 arrests related to an international cyber-criminal network that was believed to have infected some 11 million computers and caused more than $850 million in total losses.
After someone found a security breach that exposed users’ phone numbers, Facebook confirmed that it has patched the hole. According to Computer World, independent security researcher Suriya Prakash found that Facebook’s search-by-phone-number function was heavily flawed, allowing people to easily harvest phone numbers.