Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Hacked
Not even Facebook’s supreme leader is impervious to hackers. The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg had his account breached by a man last week who wanted to point out a flaw in the site’s programming.
ABC News is reporting that Palestinian security researcher Khalil Shreateh successfully hacked Mark’s page and posted on his wall. Khalil wrote, “First, sorry for breaking your privacy and posting to your wall, I had no other choice to make after all the reports I sent to the Facebook team.” Shreateh also included a link to a YouTube video showing exactly how he was able to do what he did.
- The researcher reported a bug that allowed people to post something on non-friend’s timeline but Facebook’s White Hat Security team responded by telling him it wasn’t a bug.
- Once Khalil got everyone’s attention through the hack, Facebook software engineer Matt Jones wrote on Hacker News, “We should have asked for additional reproduction instructions after his initial report. Unfortunately, all he submitted was a link to the post he’d already made…Had he included the video initially, we would have caught this much more quickly.”
- Facebook’s White Hat program offers security researchers a monetary reward for reporting security bugs but Shreateh was not paid because he violated the program’s Terms of Service by demonstrating the problem and exploiting someone’s account without their permission.
More and more people are inviting their wedding party to go with them on their honeymoon, a phenomeon that’s become known as a “buddymoon.” Experts say many couples see it as an opportunity to spend more time with loved ones who gathered togther conveniently, especially for destination weddings. Diera Duiser, a Michigan-based travel agent says, “With honeymoon registries, guests are seeing more of what couples are doing on their honeymoon. They say, ‘Hey we bought you a swim with the dolphins package– why don’t we come along and watch you do it?’” Some experts warn that taking a large group of people on vacation can also be “overwhelming.” (Fox)
Breaking Bad Is Awesome… But Not Worth A Call To 911
A power outage knocked out cable service Sunday (August 18th) for Break Bad viewers in Connecticut. While most waited for service to be restored, several viewers called 911. The Fairfield Police Department was not amused and took to its Facebook page to post a refresher course on using its emergency system. (Fox)
Wedding Photog EPIC FAIL!
Man Gets Safe Filled With Weed
An Ohio man found 285 pound of marijuana stuffed into a Mexican-made gun storage safe. The 1000-LB steel safe was made by Champion Safe Co. in Utah. The safe was shipped from Mexico to Champion’s Ohio office. All of the other safes were empty of any illegal drugs. The marijuana that was found has estimated value of $420,000. The driver that delivered the safes from Mexico to Ohio is missing. (WDTN)
Do You Get Greeting Cards Anymore?
Think back to your last birthday — how many actual greeting cards did you get as opposed to birthday texts, Facebook messages, emails, etc.? It was likely less than you used to get, perhaps by a lot, and that situation is occurring across our society, leading to a shrinking greeting card industry. The New York Times reports that a U.S. Postal Service report from 2010 found that the number of greeting cards mailed in the U.S. had fallen 24 percent from 2002 to 2010, and it continues to fall today. Hallmark, the nation’s top greeting card maker, sold five billion cards in 2012, which might sound like a lot, but that’s down from six billion just one year earlier. American Greetings told The Wall Street Journal that although it still has millions of customers in the U.S., quote, “The average customer is in their 40s.” So what’s taken the place of greeting cards for occasions? Digital cards for one, but often it’s just more informal things like texts, emails, Facebook posts, phone calls, Twitter and other social media messages.
Doctor Sued Over Accusation He Posted Photos of Very Drunk Patient Online
A 23-year-old woman has filed suit against a doctor who she says took photos of her after she was admitted to Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital for extreme intoxication and them posted them on social media sites. Elena Chernyakova, a freelance model and actress who graduated from college last year, filed a more than $1.5 million suit against Dr. Vinaya Puppala, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Feinberg School of Medicine, where Puppala is a fellow, claiming invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress. The complaint says that Chernyakova has the, quote, “potential to someday work for Fortune 500 companies, which may now not occur because of said photographs.” The incident reportedly took place in June, when a very drunk Chernyakova was brought to the hospital’s emergency room. She was allegedly unconscious for eight hours, and soon after she regained consciousness, Puppala, who was on duty at the time and knew Chernyakova through a mutual friend, visited her hospital room. He returned a few hours later and took pictures of her in the hospital bed, which he then posted on Instagram and Facebook along with his commentary about her condition. He also allegedly refused to delete the photos when asked to do so by hospital security. The complaint says that Chernyakova never agreed to be photographed, and wasn’t even in a condition to provide consent.