Facebook hacked, Java disabled

Facebook has been hacked and has disabled Java environment.

Facebook announced that it was hacked in its blog post after some of its employees visited an infected mobile developer website in January. It assures that user data hasn’t been compramised after its security breach.

“They gained limited visibility into our systems,” Fred Wolens, a spokesperson for Facebook, told in an interview, “We’ve accelerated our program to disable Java in our environment.”

“The company explained in the blog post that the laptops that were infected were “fully patched” and ran the most up-to-date antivirus software prior to the infection. It is currently working with law enforcement to dig into the hack’s details. The malware came through another issue with Java, the programming language that Oracle recently patched to fix a number of other issues. The Department of Homeland Security even recommended that people uninstall Java since hackers were finding new holes often.”

“After analyzing the compromised website where the attack originated, we found it was using a ‘zero-day,’ previously unseen exploit to bypass the Java sandbox (built-in protections) to install the malware,” said Facebook in the blog post. “We immediately reported the exploit to Oracle, and they confirmed our findings and provided a patch on February 1, 2013, that addresses this vulnerability.”

Facebook has not specified who the attackers are, and it very well may not know. The company does, however, say that it was “not alone in this attack” and that it wanted to tell the world about this hack quickly so that others can start their own remediation.

Blowfish12@2013 blowfish12.tk Author: Sudharsun. P. R.


Yet another movie like ‘The social network’

Fox released the trailer for its comedy The Internship Movie following two “salesmen whose careers have been topped by the digital world. Played by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, the two set off to Silicon Valley to prove that they are still relevant by landing internships at Google.

It goes to show how mainstream Silicon Valley is becoming. It started with The Social Network, which took brought Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook straight into the heart of Hollywood. Now, we’ve got a focus on Google and its famed working culture of slides, great food, nap rooms, and more.

The trailer shows scenes from Google’s “campus,” including a clear dry-erase wall (that Vaughn writes on with Sharpie), a self-driving car, a Rubik’s cube competition, and a bunch of smart twentysomethings who have it out for the two “old guys.”

It’s a tale of old-timey institutions being overrun by the newer, younger, digital revolution. At one point, those crazy Google youngsters send Vaughn and Wilson off on an adventure to find “Charles Xavier,” a Stanford professor who is balding and in a wheelchair. It doesn’t end well for the pair.

Blowfish13@2013 blowfish12.tk Author: Sudharsun. P. R.

Facebook: Data block for Replication

After cutting off data access for Wonder, a social search app from Russian search engine Yandex, Facebook explained today that if you’re building an app that “replicates” its “core functionality,” its data is not for granted

“For … apps that are using Facebook to either replicate our functionality or bootstrap their growth in a way that creates little value for people on Facebook, such as not providing users an easy way to share back to Facebook, we’ve had policies against this that we are further clarifying today,” wrote Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s director of platform partnerships and operations, in a blog post.

The company’s new Platform Policy section 1.10 now reads:

“Reciprocity and Replicating core functionality: (a) Reciprocity: Facebook Platform enables developers to build personalized, social experiences via the Graph API and related APIs. If you use any Facebook APIs to build personalized or social experiences, you must also enable people to easily share their experiences back with people on Facebook. (b) Replicating core functionality: You may not use Facebook Platform to promote, or to export user data to, a product or service that replicates a core Facebook product or service without our permission.”

Blowfish12@2013 blowfish12.tk Author: Sudharsun. P. R.  Courtesy:  developers.facebook.com

Tug of War between Facebook and Vine [Twitter]

Vine users who attempted to find Facebook friends on Friday received an error message stating that Twitter‘s new mobile app is not authorized to make the request. This is the latest apparent rift between the two social media rivals.

Earlier this week, Twitter launched Vine, a free iOS app that allows iPhone and iPad users to create and post very short videos. Twitter hinted that an Android version could be in the works.

Twitter, which is primarily known for its 140-characters tweets, has supported embedded YouTube videos since 2008, but its launch of Vine marks the first time it will host video content directly. As with tweets, the videos will need to be short — a mere 6 seconds.

“Six seconds is too short for anything truly substantive,” said Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Research, “but there’s more information that can be conveyed by video, even in that short time frame, vs. a still photograph.”

Blowfish12@2013 blowfish12.tk Author: Sudharsun. P. R.