About 24 Facebook developers, led by former Google engineer Lars Rasmussen are working on a new search engine, according to a report published by Bloomberg last week.
About two dozen Facebook engineers are working on an improved search engine, say two people familiar with the project who did not want to be named because the company is in a quiet period ahead of its IPO.
Senators Charles E Schumer and Richard Blumenthal confirmed yesterday that they have written to the US Justice Department and the equal employment opportunity commission, asking them to investigate prospective employers who request employees turnover Facebookl passwords during the interview process.
Kaspersky Lab researchers have found a criminal gang playing cat and mouse with Google by releasing several variations of its malware laden Chrome extensions, hosting them on the official Google Web store.
The malware pretends to be a Flash Player installer but instead downloads a trojan which writes messages a victim's Facebook profile and automatically likes certain pages. The researchers say that variations of the attacks have been found, however, it has so far largely been confined to Brazil and other Portuguese speaking nations.
In their efforts to vet applicants, some companies and government agencies are apparently going beyond merely glancing at a person's social networking profiles and instead asking for credentials to be able to login and poke around for themselves.
Questions have been raised about the legality of the practice, which is also the focus of proposed legislation in Illinois and Maryland that would forbid public agencies from asking for access to social networks.
University College of London student, Shah Mahmood, along with Yvo Desmedt, Chair of Information Communication Technology, has discovered what they're labelling as a “zero day privacy hole” in Facebook.
The vulnerability which they call “deactivated friend attack” was presented at the IEEE International workshop on security and social networking in Switzerland. They say the attack works like this: