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October 7, 2009

October 6, 2009

Fb shuts down malicious fake profiles

 

Malicious fake profiles attacks on Facebook..

  

Facebook on Thursday fended off an attack in which multiple identical profiles were created to spread malware.

 

“Clearly, the Data Snatchers have found a way to automate the creation of Facebook accounts, which means they’ve found a way to bypass the Facebook Captcha,”
Roger Thompson, chief of research at AVG, wrote in a blog post.
Successfully translating a Captcha, a hard-to-read image of letters supposed to ensure that a human is involved, is required for a new account.
 

“We’re looking into how these accounts were created, but it’s very likely that the sign-up process was manual, or that the person behind the attack farmed out the Captchas to be solved by humans for a price,” Axten wrote in an e-mail.

 

For its Captcha system Facebook uses ReCaptcha, “which was recently acquired by Google and is about as well-regarded a Captcha provider as there is,” he said.

 

When the link in the fake Facebook profiles is clicked a fake alert pops up that tries to convince the user that the computer is infected.

When the link in the fake Facebook profiles is clicked a fake alert pops up that tries to convince the user that the computer is infected.

October 2, 2009

Google Tells Employee to Decline Microsoft Award

MSGEach year starting in 2003, Microsoft has honored Jon Skeet for his extensive work helping people code in a Microsoft-developed programming language. But Skeet joined Google last year, and his new employer is apparently the jealous type.

In a blog post, Skeet writes that he checked with his Google bosses to make sure it would be OK if Microsoft “renewed” his “Microsoft MVP” award for yet another year, an honor that is far from automatic and akin to a new award. But Skeet wrote he “was advised not to do so.

Which is odd, since Google is fine with Skeet programming, on company time, in a language born from their competitor, and the company is fine with him offering extensive help with the language online. But accepting an award for offering help with said language is apparently akin to sleeping with the enemy. Sounds petty. Perhaps Google would feel more comfortable if Skeet offered to have the plaque and award pin swept for bugs.

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