More details have been revealed about the massive cyberattack that hit several tech companies last month. Not only were Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter hit -- but other industries' computer systems were also hacked, including prominent car manufacturers, U.S. government agencies, and a candy company.
According to The Security Ledger, people familiar with the matter said that hackers infiltrated computer networks by using at least three third-party "watering hole" Web sites, which made it possible for hackers to put malware on those companies' computers.
At a press conference held in Menlo Park Thursday Facebook announced a redesign for the News Feed its users see when they visit its site or use its mobile app. The new News Feed focuses on reducing clutter, making visually oriented posts like photos more prominent. It also makes filters for types of content front and center, such as dedicated feeds for posts by friends or posts by pages.
When Facebook's mobile app began misbehaving on an older version of Android in late 2012, Facebook engineers had to dive deep into Android's code to figure out what was causing the mishap. In a whiteboard session today at Facebook headquarters, mobile engineering director Mike Shaver described how Facebook identified a problem in Android itself, then created a workaround for its own app so users wouldn't have to suffer.
Ever since they went public back in 2012, Facebook has been getting a tough time from Wall Street. In the first few months, their stock dropped by almost 75% before slowly recovering; the stock currently sits at $27, down 29% from their initial price of $38. Facebook has been under considerable pressure to expand into the developing markets, such as Africa and Asia, as well as a developing robust monetization methods in places such as Europe and North America.
Microsoft has revealed a small number of its computers, including some in its Mac software business unit, have been infected with malware.
The world's largest software company said the security intrusion was "similar" to recent ones reported by Apple and Facebook. It said there was no evidence of customer data being affected and it is continuing its investigation