Facebook hosted Security @Scale 2014 at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Oct. 29, and production engineer Fernanda Weiden recapped the proceedings in a post on the Facebook engineering blog, which also included videos of the event’s presentations.
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.
As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Facebook security infrastructure engineer Benjamin Strahs spoke on a panel organized by Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C., last week, along with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, Google and Microsoft.
Facebook announced the acquisition of secure server technology provider PrivateCore Thursday in a post by Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan, in which Sullivan said PrivateCore’s vCage technology will eventually be incorporated into the social network’s server stack.
How does Facebook protect its users against BREACH attacks on HTTPS traffic, as well as cross-site request forgery attacks? Chad Parry, a London-based member of the social network’s security infrastructure team, and Christophe Van Gysel, who contributed to the mitigation of BREACH at Facebook as an intern, answered those questions in detail in a note on the Protect the Graph page.
The false promise of being able to see who viewed users’ Facebook profiles is once again being used as bait on a phishing trip, as security firm Symantec reported in a blog post that this particular scam was designed to loosely resemble Facebook’s login page, but unsuspecting Web surfers will fall victim to the Infostealer strain of malware.
HTTPS, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, is now the default for all Facebook users, putting the wraps on a process the social network started last November, Software Engineer Scott Renfro announced in a note on the Facebook Engineering page.
Facebook participated in the Federal Trade Commission’s Public Forum on Threats to Mobile Devices earlier this week, and it shared some of the best practices agreed upon at the forum in a note on the Facebook Security page.
Are you willing to sacrifice a little bit of speed for a lot more safety? Facebook is asking that very question with its announcement that it will transition all of its users to HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) starting this week, adding that speed-hungry users can opt out if they wish.
Have you ever wondered what advice a hacker would give you to protect your Facebook account from his or her kind? Core Security, a provider of predictive security intelligence solutions, got the scoop from some of its staffers.