(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Friday it had been the target of an unidentified hacker group, but it found no evidence that user data was compromised.
“Last month, Facebook security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack,” the company said in a blog post posted on Friday afternoon, just before the three-day Presidents Day weekend. “The attack occurred when a handful of employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised.”
The social network, which says it has more than one billion active users worldwide, also said: “Facebook was not alone in this attack. It is clear that others were attacked and infiltrated recently as well.”
Facebook declined to comment on the motive or origin of the attack.
A security expert at another company with knowledge of the matter said he was told the Facebook attack appeared to have originated in China.
Twitter announced tonight that some of their systems were compromised, in what they described as “a sophisticated attack.”
This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information - usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords - for approximately 250,000 users.
As a precautionary security measure, we have reset passwords and revoked session tokens for these accounts. If your account was one of them, you will have recently received (or will shortly) an email from us at the address associated with your Twitter account notifying you that you will need to create a new password. Your old password will not work when you try to log in to Twitter.
Though only a very small percentage of our users were potentially affected by this attack, we encourage all users to take this opportunity to ensure that they are following good password hygiene, on Twitter and elsewhere on the Internet. Make sure you use a strong password - at least 10 (but more is better) characters and a mixture of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols - that you are not using for any other accounts or sites. Using the same password for multiple online accounts significantly increases your odds of being compromised. If you are not using good password hygiene, take a moment now to change your Twitter passwords. For more information about making your Twitter and other Internet accounts more secure, read our Help Center documentation or the FTC’s guide on passwords.
We also echo the advisory from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and security experts to encourage users to disable Java
on their computersin their browsers. For instructions on how to disable Java, read this recent Slate article.
This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident. The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked. For that reason we felt that it was important to publicize this attack while we still gather information, and we are helping government and federal law enforcement in their effort to find and prosecute these attackers to make the Internet safer for all users.
Google Analytics produced these hilarious advertisements to show what shopping might look like if real stores behaved like websites.
Now at T minus 56 minutes for the new web server installation to begin. We’ll be getting another 2.4GHz dual quad machine with HT, 2 1TB drives and 12GB of RAM — the same type of server we now have for the database — replacing our four-year old current server.
I’ll be putting the site in maintenance mode while we copy things over and test to make sure everything’s there, at about 6 pm Pacific if we start as planned. Hopefully it won’t take too long - the database server took all night because we had to re-import 9 gigabytes of data. This should be a much quicker process.
The dynamic duo of Ron and Rand Paul have announced a new crusade — keeping the Internet free of government interference and solidly in the hands of the wise, loving corporations who always choose the right path: The Pauls’ New Crusade: ‘Internet Freedom’.
Kentucky senator Rand and his father Ron Paul, who has not yet formally conceded the Republican presidential nomination, will throw their weight behind a new online manifesto set to be released today by the Paul-founded Campaign for Liberty. The new push, Paul aides say, will in some ways displace what has been their movement’s long-running top priority, shutting down the Federal Reserve Bank. The move is an attempt to stake a libertarian claim to a central public issue of the next decade, and to move from the esoteric terrain of high finance to the everyday world of cable modems and Facebook.
The manifesto, obtained yesterday by BuzzFeed, is titled “The Technology Revolution” and lays out an argument — in doomsday tones —for keeping the government entirely out of regulating anything online, and for leaving the private sector to shape the new online space.
Sure, let the big cable companies and ISPs do what they want! What could possibly go wrong? Free market uber alles!
Usually when Twitter goes over capacity, you see a “fail whale” page with an error message, but today Twitter’s been completely offline for almost an hour, apparently across the whole world. Maybe an intern pushed the wrong button?
The Twitter Status blog has a terse message about it:
Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.
In case you missed it, I’ve already explained its purpose here, here, here, and here. If you thought I was going to launch into a full-fledged effort to defend myself from further unhinged accusations being made by wingnut conspiracy theorists and shit-stirrers, sorry to disappoint—it’s not going to happen.
I will say this though: The people on the far-right who participate in these pile-ons seem to have been well trained in offensive tactics. They stay in attack mode 24/7—even when they’re defending they’re attacking. They do it because it’s effective.
Why is it effective? It’s effective because once an opponent has gone into a defensive crouch and begun trying to reason and/or give extensive, repeated explanations in an attempt to defend him/herself, the position being fought from automatically becomes one of weakness. Everything will simply be refuted with specious ‘facts’ and attacked ad nauseam. Today it’s the #TwitterGulag, next week—tomorrow even—it’ll be some other manufactured outrage.
With that in mind, to those who continue to wave around my long publicly available Twitter block list as if they’ve discovered some secret smoking gun that provides incontrovertible proof of a vast, left-wing conspiracy orchestrated by evil genius Charles Johnson: Feel free to continue twisting in the wind, spewing for all you’re worth. I’ll begin worrying about what you say on the same day your opinions begin to have a significant impact on my day-to-day enjoyment of life. Today is not that day.
Now if you’ll excuse me, the sun has risen on yet another beautiful spring day here, so I’m going to put this asinine subject out of my mind, grab my camera, and go revel in the Garden State’s blossoming glory. It’ll be the perfect brain bleach. ;)
We’ve finally found a piece of legislation so wrong-headed and destructive of personal freedom that even Republicans are withdrawing their support.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — who was a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act — became the latest lawmaker Wednesday to pull his support. In the House, Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), originally a co-sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, pulled his name from the list of sponsors on Tuesday. A spokesman for Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), meanwhile, told the Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday that the congressman is also unable to support SOPA as written.
The widespread Internet protest is even bringing new Washington voices into the fray. Mostly silent in the debate, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) tweeted Wednesday he doesn’t back the bills.
“I support intellectual property rights, but I oppose SOPA & PIPA,” DeMint tweeted. “They’re misguided bills that will cause more harm than good.”
In the past week or so I’ve noticed the rise of a new spammers’ tactic on Twitter, and unfortunately they’re using LGF to help them do it.
Whoever’s running this spam campaign is retweeting my posts about LGF articles and Pages, but changing the URLs to point to spam sites or (in some cases) phishing sites that will trigger a browser security alert.
The scam relies on the fact that URLs in Twitter posts are shortened, so you can’t immediately tell that the link takes you to evilspamsite.com instead of littlegreenfootballs.com. Instead you see a URL like: t.co
Here are a few examples (out of dozens) of this deceptive tactic (but DO NOT CLICK on any of the links these spambots have posted!):
If you’re on Twitter, you can help by using the “Report as spam” option on their profile pages.
And if you’re suspicious of a shortened URL, you can expand it and see the real destination with LongURL.