With the uproar over the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, in which the NSA allegedly obtained direct access to the servers of Internet companies including Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, PalTalk, Skype, and AOL, those companies are likely facing heightened scrutiny, despite firm denials by Facebook and by its co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, of any knowledge of or participation in Prism. A few eyebrows were likely raised over the weekend, when access to Tumblr page Obama Is Checking Your Email was being blocked by the social network, but the situation has been rectified.
Facebook already has a program in place whereby outside hackers can earn cash rewards for reporting bugs. And now, the social network has extended that to its corporate network, marking a first for a large technology company.
While Facebook pages paying tribute to James Holmes — the alleged shooter in the attacks in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., last week during the premiere showing of The Dark Knight Rises — may violate all standards of common decency, they apparently do not violate Facebook’s terms of service.
Facebook may play fast and loose with most of your personal information, but at least it has never had a major password breach — like Yahoo or Formspring. That got a writer for The Verge wondering: Is Facebook actually safer when it comes to the security of your password?