Facebook said today it has paid more than $40,000 to people who have uncovered bugs on its Web site in the first three weeks of its Bug Bounty program.
The company launched its bug bounty program at the end of last month as a way to compensate people who find and report bugs that might otherwise go unfixed or be exploited by malicious hackers. Bug hunters can make upwards of $500 per bug reported.
One bug hunter received more than $7,000 for six different issues reported, and another person was paid $5,000 for "one really good … Read more
A Dutch company appears to have issued a digital certificate for Google.com to someone other than Google, who may be using it to try to re-direct traffic of users based in Iran.
Yesterday, someone reported on a Google support site that when attempting to log in to Gmail the browser issued a warning for the digital certificate used as proof that the site is legitimate, according to this thread on a Google support forum site.
"Today, when I tried to login to my Gmail account I saw a certificate warning in Chrome," someone using the screen name &… Read more
Apparently a major security hole has been found in OS X Lion systems that are set up to accept authentication through LDAP servers, where users may be allowed to log in to the system without providing a password. For networked systems that uses LDAP-based authentication for managing users and restricting network resources, this may be a fairly severe security risk.
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a technology that handles access to directory services on a network, with one of its uses being to deploy network user accounts to PCs on a network. The technology is extensively deployed by IT … Read more
Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page condoned ads from rogue online Canadian pharmacies, says a Justice Department official who led the investigation into the case and talked to The Wall Street Journal about it.
Earlier this week Google agreed to pay $500 million to settle the dispute with the agency over the sale of the advertising through Google's AdWords program to foreign pharmacies targeting ads at U.S. consumers. Now, Peter Neronha, the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island, tells The Wall Street Journal that it appears Page may have been aware of the sales for several years.
A security researcher who has proven he can remotely disable the insulin pump he relies on to keep his diabetes in check says the device maker is refusing to acknowledge the problem and misleading the public.
However, Medtronic, the maker of the insulin pump in question and one of the largest medical device manufacturers in the world, insists that the risk is very low.
Other insulin pumps allow for software updates, but to plug any holes in the software of the Medtronic pump would require a recall of all the devices now in use by patients--a costly endeavor and potentially … Read more
While many consumers today were imagining an Apple without Steve Jobs, industry leaders were publicly recognizing him for changing the face of personal computing and inspiring next-level gadget design.
Even if you don't use a Macintosh, iPhone, iPod, or iPad, the electronics you use have no doubt been influenced by products developed under Jobs' prolific reign as chief executive of Apple.
Shortly after Jobs announced today that he was resigning as Apple CEO, Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet and founder of 3Com, wrote in a tweet that Jobs was "my hero."
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who initially left his company after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, wrote on Twitter that he wished Jobs the best "as he faces his health challenges" and called Jobs "one of one of the greatest innovators of our industry."
Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, said in an e-mail statement: "Steve is one of the industry's most gifted entrepreneurs, visionaries and creative minds, and has been one of AT&T's closest business partners for several years. We celebrate his accomplishments and wish him all the best. And we look forward to continuing to collaborate with Tim Cook and his team in enabling innovation in the mobile ecosystem."
Lowell McAdam, CEO of rival carrier Verizon, also weighed in via e-mail: "Steve Jobs changed wireless forever. He took our already vibrant sector, and with laser focus, injected compelling new competitive aspects to customer choice. Steve has been a fierce competitor, a dedicated strategic partner, and a visionary who has improved peoples' lives. Tim Cook will make an excellent CEO, continuing the traditions and performance culture Steve instilled at Apple. We look forward to building on the strong foundation Steve helped lay between Apple and Verizon." … Read more
OAKLAND, Calif.--Bay Area Rapid Transit should only interfere with public communications in extreme emergencies, a director for the agency said in a special meeting called here today to discuss its cutting off of cell phone service to block an anti-police violence protest a few weeks ago.
"The First Amendment and the right to have a communications channel are what people are looking for because it's part of this democratic society we live in...We can't sit back like Big Brother and say we don't like the message," said Lynette Sweet, a member of the … Read more
At DefCon III in 1995, the young crowd of 470 spent their time jamming a local radio station broadcast and playing Hacker Jeopardy at midnight when they couldn't drink at the bar. "Free Kevin" stickers were plastered everywhere protesting the jailing of fugitive hacker Kevin Mitnick, and a 14-year-old ran away from home to attend the event. (I know because I was there.)
At DefCon 19 this year, plenty of the nearly 12,000 attendees had gray hair, most work as security professionals, and some even brought their children. Mitnick was there signing copies of his latest … Read more
Names and Social Security numbers of 43,000 Yale University students, faculty, staff, and alumni were accessible via the Google search engine for about 10 months, according to the school newspaper.
The problem was discovered June 30 and university officials disclosed it on August 12, offering affected individuals two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance even though they said there was no indication that the information had been exploited, the Yale Daily News reported last week.
The data, mostly belonging to people who worked for the university in 1999, was stored on a file transfer protocol (FTP) … Read more
Facebook is announcing changes today that will let people quickly know exactly who can see everything they post and to block unwanted photos and other items tagged by others from their profile page.
The company also is making a semantic modification that will eliminate a lot of confusion for new Facebook users--changing "everyone" to "public." Currently, many people think that setting their sharing to "everyone" means everyone on the social-networking site, when it actually means "everyone on the Internet."
Overall, the changes make it easier for people to understand what audience will … Read more