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Dad walks in on Daughter Facebook clickjacking attack helps scammers earn money

Published by pratyushkp on June 15th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Once again, scammers are running rings about Facebook‘s built-in security measures by spreading a clickjacking scam between users’ accounts.

The latest attack poses as a link to a video of a dad walking in on his daughter.

Dad walks in on Daughter.. EMBARRASSING!
This really must have been an awkward moment.

We’ve seen scams which use language like this before, of course, and sometimes they’ve been used to trick you into installing software onto your computer.

Interestingly, on this occasion, the image used in the messages is the same as that used in the recent “Baby born amazing effect” scam which has spread with similar ferocity in the last couple of weeks on the social network.

Clicking on this latest link takes users to a webpage, where it looks as though you need to press the “Play” icon to watch the video.

However, clicking the icon secretly tells Facebook that you “Like” the page (via the use of a clickjacking exploit), helping the scam to perpetuate.

It will be no surprise at all to regular Naked Security readers that the scam is designed to drive traffic to online surveys – which earns commission for the scammers behind the attack.

When I tried it, the surveys claimed that I could receive a free iPad or MacBook or even a flat-screen television.

If you’ve been hit by a scam like this, remove the messages and likes from your Facebook page – and warn your friends not to click on the offending links. Clearly there’s much more work which needs to be done by Facebook to prevent these sorts of messages spreading so rapidly.

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Zite CEO: The Web Is Outgrowing Search

Published by pratyushkp on June 9th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Excellent Article From  huffingtonpost

The Internet is outgrowing search engines.

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So says Mark Johnson, CEO of Zite, an iPad app that labels itself a “personalized magazine” delivering news stories tailored to each users’ interests, reading habits, and preferences.

As the amount of information online continues to expand at its breathtaking pace — there are over 140 million tweets posted to Twitter each day, and over 48 hours of video uploaded to YouTube a minute — people will need new tools to help them wade through the deluge of data, he says.

“The web is getting too big for search,” Johnson told The Huffington Post. “It’s going to be harder and harder to find information because there’s so much out there.”

He suggests personalization may be the solution to this information overload online. Though content that is customized for a particular individuals’ preferences can be chosen and presented in a variety of ways, in Zite’s case, the stories that appear on its news reader are based on signals pulled from social networking sites like Twitter, as well as Google Reader and browsing behavior. Zite “learns what you like and gets smarter as you use it,” the app’s description reads.

Numerous other websites, apps and companies are experimenting with personalization in an attempt to encourage users to browse more, buy more, save time, and read better results. Netflix and Amazon, for example, tailor their movie and product suggestions to their customers’ likes dislikes and previous purchases. The same Google search performed by two different users could turn up entirely different results, as the search giant tweaks its suggestions on each individual’s behavior. And, Flipboard, and Trove are also harnessing artificial intelligence to deliver news personalized to different people’s preferences.

In determining what stories appear in users’ readers, Zite does not yet rely on information from Facebook, something Johnson attributes to the nature of what people share on the social networking service.

“It turns out Facebook is a noisy feed compared to Twitter and Delicious,” said Johnson. “People share different stuff on Facebook than they do elsewhere — it’s more funny videos and less high-quality content.”

Critics argue that personalization, especially when it comes to news stories, can be detrimental, narrowing people’s viewpoints and reinforcing established perspectives. In his book The Filter Bubble, Eli Pariser argues that editing via algorithms “moves us very quickly toward a world in which the Internet is showing us what it thinks we want to see, but not necessarily what we need to see.”

Johnson acknowledges these concerns, noting he sees it as his “duty” to “give people a broad perspective of the world,” though he counters that teaching computers to have a sense of “civic responsibility,” as Pariser has advocated, presents its own host of problems.

“It’s unclear what a fair, balanced view is,” said Johnson. “Is it fair to say, if you type in ‘evolution’ then we have to show something about creationism? I think that’s something that people who talk about social consciousness forget…. It’s not clear that that has a lot of value to the user … It’s a really complicated question.”

Personalization can also require sacrificing privacy: customization works best when users are willing to hand over data about what they click, how long they spend reading it, what sites they follow, and more. Yet legislators are increasingly concerned about the ways companies might use this information and are considering new laws that might limit what data firms can collect, and how long they can keep it.

Johnson says he is confident users will be comfortable allowing apps to track them as long as companies prove giving up some privacy delivers better, more helpful services.

“What we’ve seen from product after product is that people are willing to share more and more information if they see that they’re getting value out of it. The problem with personalization so far is that people don’t see the value of it,” Johnson said.

What do you think about personalization? Does it concern you — or do you find it helpful? Weigh in below.

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Twitter brings HTTPS Security Protocol Across Site

Published by pratyushkp on March 19th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Opt-in security setting already available to users

Popular micro-blogging style social network Twitter has announced that it will add extra security settings for the users. Today onwards, Twitter users would be getting an option to choose HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) for the web interface as well as number of clients meant for the service. Twitter has followed the footsteps of Facebook, Gmail, and Hotmail for offering basic HTTPS security protocol for protecting the user’s account login details and against other attacks.

People tend to use social networks over unsecured or poorly-protected Wi-Fi networks without being aware about the possible ill-effects of the same. Hence the web mail services and the popular social networks offer the HTTPS protocol as part of security setting so that login credentials of users don’t get hijacked. The FireSheep plugin uncovered how easily one could steal login details.

From today onwards, Twitter web interface users will get a new security setting under the Settings option – Always use HTTPS checkbox, at the bottom of the page. After you’ve checked the box, your login details and sessions at Twitter web interface would be secured. By default, the HTTPS security setting hasn’t been enabled and hence we would advice you to enable it.

Several Twitter clients have already got the HTTPS protocol setting by default. Apart from that, official Twitter for iPhone and iPad Apps will get “Always use HTTPS” setting. However, the new enabling HTTPS protocol setting isn’t forced on the mobile web interface. That means you’ll have to type out> to use the secured HTTPS connection. Twitter promised that it will work on making the option default for mobile platform as well. For all those using third-party services and clients, ensure that it offers HTTPS security setting.

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