It was a week, Facebook saw hit get again with controversy and Microsoft announced plans for a massive security update.
6 Oct. announced Facebook plans for a new feature of groups give more control over which users, please contact the information. The groups are set to “closed” by default, i.e. the names of the members are visible public content posted to the group does not. Other settings include ‘Secret’, where the names and contents are hidden, and ‘open’, where everything is visible.
While the changes were initially largely positively welcomed, broke not yielding controversy of Facebook’s decision to approve the power user, whether or not a friend adds a group.
“Order” to prove a point “blogged Sophos Senior Security Advisor Chester Wisniewski, someone creates a new group called NAMBLA [North American Man Boy Love Association]…”Within a few hours someone added had [TechCrunch editor] Michael Arrington without his permission, and it appears, show mark he added the power of new Facebook [Facebook CEO Mark] Zuckerberg. ”
According to Facebook’s Help Center can “you just added to a group of one of your friends are.” “When a friend adds a group, is a story in the Group (and in news feed for groups opened or closed) show that your friend has added a group.”
Users can leave groups at any time and if you decide that you can be added by someone else, unless demand Facebook added.
Microsoft headlines security Meanwhile twice a week. On Thursday the company announced plans at the largest Patch Tuesday in history, update to break the record for the second time this year. Four of the 16 bulletins that are scheduled for update rated “critical”, while 10 are rated ‘important’ and two are considered as ‘moderate’.
Early week Scott Charney struck Microsoft corporate VP of trustworthy computing, a concept called collective defence as a way, to protect the Internet. Under its proposal a “health certificate” PCs would be issued to show the system patched, uninfected and running security software is full. Endangered or vulnerable machines could be blocked from the Internet to prevent activities of botnet.
“Only when a person who is not vaccinated endangers other health, computers that are not protected or others have suffered with a bot compromised and is a greater threat to society,” Charney blogged. “In the physical world, international, national and local health organizations identify, track and control the spread of diseases, which may include, if necessary isolate people to avoid the infection of others.”
Security experts a number of challenges presented Charney’s proposal, including the zero-day and the view of user pushback.
“The idea of developing an”Internet Cyber watch”is not necessarily a new, but it’s good to see this conversation is brought up by one of the largest that can cause for better or worse in terms of PC and Internet security, safety,” said Philip Lin, Director of marketing at FireEye.
Granted in other news Adobe Systems a massive update of the own Oct. 5 corrected 23 vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Acrobat, and a former contractor at Fannie Mae was sentenced, planting a logic bomb on the company servers in an attempt to destroy data. At trial faces Rajendrasinh Babubhai Makwana a maximum of 10 years in prison.