Facebook used a blog post on Friday to describe, in detail, the systems that it uses to secure its vast social network, including custom designed tools and so-called “red team” hacks.
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Facebook’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year continued, with the social media company on the defense yet again over partnerships that granted high-tech companies extensive access to user data.
Federal authorities, social media companies, and the U.S. military are on cybersecurity high alert for fraud, suspicious online activity or other security glitches that could cast a shadow on Tuesday’s critical mid-term elections.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:33 — 33.8MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Email | RSSIn this week’s podcast: Facebook revealed that a breach affected 50 million accounts and as many as 90 million users. Is complexity at the root of the social media giant’s troubles? We speak with Gary McGraw of the firm Synopsys about it. Also: BIOS-based malware has been demonstrated at security conferences for years. Last week, the security firm ESET warned that it identified a sample in the wild. Even worse: the Russian Hacking Group Fancy Bear was believed to be responsible. We’ll talk to firmware security expert Giovanni Vigna of the firm Lastline about the truth and hype around LoJax and other firmware based attacks.
Facebook forced a reset of more than 50 million user accounts on Thursday and would force another 40 million account resets in the coming days, citing a major breach of the site’s security that allowed unknown attackers to take over people’s accounts.