Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan hosted reporters at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, where he detailed how the social network is maintaining and fine-tuning its security protocols in the wake of the continuing controversy about government surveillance.
Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan said at the Hack in the Box HITBSecConf2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that the social network was already in the process of implementing stronger security controls before news broke of the National Security Agency’s Prism online surveillance initiative in June, IDG News Service reported.
Facebook is doing its part for suicide prevention month in September by sharing an infographic detailing how its users can quickly access resources or submit reports to the social network about friends under duress, and running a public-service announcement across Facebook for the rest of the month directing its users to the infographic.
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.
Coinciding with National Cyber Security Awareness Week in Australia this week, Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan published a note on the Facebook Security page urging users to take steps to protect their passwords for the social network, and offering seven tips on how to do so.
The bad news: Facebook was one of the victims of what it called a “sophisticated attack,” whereby some of its employees’ laptops were inflicted with malware, and the investigation into the source of the attack is still ongoing. The good news: The social network said it found no evidence that user data were compromised.
Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan stressed that information-technology experience is only one weapon in the war against cyber-crime during his keynote address at the Cyber Security Summit in Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday.
Over the past year, Facebook has been on a rampage against users who either don’t exist or are using fake names. After all, advertisers want real people with real information behind those likes. The New York Times examined this issue, showing how pseudonyms can be used for good and for evil.
The Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham announced a $250,000 grant from Facebook Monday, and the funding comes not from the company’s coffers, but from money that Facebook has recovered from spammers around the world. The donation is in recognition of the center’s role in tracking international criminals behind social media botnet Koobface, as well as other spammers.