Facebook is taking steps to protect its users from a security breach at Adobe that may have compromised the encrypted account data of up to 150 million of its users, requiring users who were impacted by the Adobe issue to change their Facebook passwords and answer some additional security questions in order to access their accounts, according to Krebs on Security.
UPDATED: For the first time since 2009, millions of Iranians were able to share their status updates on Facebook, for one day, anyway. The New York Times reported that Iran’s government restored its block on Facebook and Twitter Tuesday, blaming a temporary technical glitch for their brief availability in the country.
Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan Defends White Hat Program’s Response To Researcher Who Hacked Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan said in a note on the Facebook Security page that he understood the frustration expressed by Khalil Shreateh, who used a bug he reported to the social network to post directly to the Timeline of Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but he defended the company’s decision to not offer a reward to Shreateh because he involved an actual user (not to mention the head of the company) and did not use a test account.
After Facebook Security Rejected His Bug Report, Khalil Shreateh Used The Bug To Post Directly On Mark Zuckerberg’s Timeline
Palestinian information system expert Khalil Shreateh discovered a bug that allowed Facebook users to post on the Timelines of other Facebook users, even when they were not connected as friends, but when he submitted it to the social network’s white hat program, Facebook Security responded that it was not a bug. So Shreateh went straight to the top, exploiting the bug to post on the Timeline of none other than Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook is trying to educate users more about scams that seep through its News Feed, but according to antivirus firm McAfee, there has been an increase in the first quarter in reports of Koobface, a virus that hijacks Facebook accounts.
Scams are all over Facebook. There are stories telling users that Facebook will end on a certain date, miracle diet pills, celebrity sex tapes, and other shady posts. With a little vigilance, though, users can make sure that they’re not continuing the chain. Miranda Perry, staff writer for Scambook, spoke with AllFacebook about ways that people can make sure that they’re not giving away information to scammers or spamming their friends’ News Feeds with malicious links.
Custom Facebook applications are crucial for brands that run promotions on Facebook. The rules of the platform simply state that all promotions on Facebook must be administered within apps on Facebook.com, either on a canvas page or a page app. If you are about to launch an app of your own, have a look at the following tips we have picked up while developing Facebook apps for brands over the past couple of years. Some are no-brainers that are often forgotten, and some are quite specific, but all are useful to remember.
Facebook averted another close call on the security front, as the Facebook Security team was able to close a loophole, reported by developer Nir Goldshlager, which would have enabled hackers to gain full control over any Facebook accounts.