An audit of Facebook’s operations by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland will result in major changes to the way the social networking giant manages user data.
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by Fergal Glynn, Director of Marketing, VeracodeI recently read a blog post by CloudFlare and Shawn Graham that asked a fantastic (and timely) question: “Do Hackers Take The Holidays Off?” CloudFlare sees traffic for hundreds of thousands of websites and was able to answer the question. They looked at the average percentage of requests that constitute threats, graphed the deviation, and then overlaid any events happening on those days. Their conclusion: it depends on the holiday.
Be careful of what you ask for. That’s a lesson that Max Schrems of Vienna, Austria, learned the hard way when he sent a formal request to Facebook citing European law and asking for a copy of every piece of personal information that the world’s largest social network had collected on him.
Pirates beware! The creator of a new Web based search engine says that linking you up with your (illegal) downloads is easier than you may think.
DNS provider OpenDNS has developed a new open-source tool that will encrypt all of the traffic between customers and the OpenDNS servers. The tool is designed to address the slew of techniques that enable attackers to eavesdrop on plain-text DNS traffic.
Facebook has fixed a critical flaw in a user feedback feature that allowed any user to access private photos posted in other users accounts. Before it was fixed, the flaw was used to hack the account of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and post photos online.
Micro blogging site Twitter has acquired Whispersystems, a maker of mobile security software, according to a statement posted on the WhisperSystems Web site.
When CrowdOptic, a Silicon Valley, venture funded startup, developed a cool application that could stream real-time, context-aware information streams to mobile devices, the applications seemed straight-forward (and lucrative) enough: a blend of advertising and broadcasting that sports franchises and concert promoters might use to create an enhanced and “immersive experience” for fans attending live events. Along the way, however, the company discovered another, even more powerful use for their technology: crowd control.
The Tor Project has started a new system designed to help people start and run Tor bridges in the cloud using Amazon’s EC2 platform. The Tor Cloud runs on Amazon’s new micro-instance tier that lets people run instances for free for the first year.
After months as a consumer-only beta, Google finally opened up its Google+ social network to companies this week, launching Google Brand pages. While response to the new brand pages was tepid (Robert Scoble penned a rather scathing review), it didn’t take long for folks poking around the new feature to identify a serious shortcoming: Google brand pages allow pretty much anyone to stake out a page for any brand, regardless of their affiliation with it.