Facebook open-sourced security tool osquery late last month, allowing engineers to write SQL-based queries efficiently and easily to explore operating systems and monitor their infrastructure. In a note on the Protect the Graph page, security engineer Ted Reed offered a look at how osquery can be used to detect suspicious activity within infrastructure.
Facebook announced at its @Scale 2014 conference in San Francisco Monday that it teamed up with companies including Box, Dropbox, Google, GitHub, Khan Academy, Square, Stripe, Twitter and @WalmartLabs on open-source collaboration TODO, which stands for, “Talk Openly, Develop Openly.”
Security outfit MyPermissions released version 3.0 of its Android application, which provides users with a dashboard displaying all apps on their devices that are accessing personal data, including via Facebook and other social networks.
Much has been made recently over the fact that while Facebook users can set their friends lists to “Only Me” within their privacy settings, a slight loophole exists: If a user’s friend has their friends list set to public, all of their friends will appear when viewing their mutual friends, thereby “outing” that user, despite the “Only Me” setting. Mashable went one step further, piecing together some of the friends list of none other than Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation released its 2014 Who Has Your Back? report, detailing Internet companies’ efforts to protect their users from government requests, and Facebook was one of a handful of companies to receive stars in all six criteria.
Nijmegen, Netherlands-based ReSnap offered its own take on physical photo albums made up of images from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, using its popularity algorithm to automatically select the most popular photos and updates from those social networks for inclusion in the photo books.
Photo-album creator PastBook announced the launch of its iPhone application, which allows users to create photo albums, called PastBooks, viewable online, via the app, as offline ebooks, or as printed books.