Archive for June 22nd, 2012

Facebook – How internal teams respond to reported incidents

Facecrooks security shares an interesting workflow diagram and key procedures when security or content abuse is reported.

Facebook – How internal teams respond to reported incidents

QUOTE:  Facebook Safety has posted a note and an infographic that details the internal teams, guidelines and workflows that are involved in the Facebook reporting process. (the image is rather large, so you might have to download it and view it in an editor to view it properly). Facebook has hundreds of moderators based in four centers that evaluate content based on established community standards. The following four distinct teams act and respond accordingly:

1. Safety Team – Violence and Harmful Behavior
2. Hate and Harassment Team – Hate Speech
3. Abusive Content Team – Scams, Spam and Explicit Content
4. Access Team – Hacked and Imposter Accounts

The Safety Team will contact law enforcement authorities when credible threats of violence are present.

Nigerian email scams are designed to be obvious

An interesting analysis on the design of these scams, intended to reach just a small number of individuals who might be more easily persuaded to fall for these attacks.

Nigerian email scams are designed to be obvious

QUOTE:  Here’s a modern-day question: Why are Nigerian con-man emails so obvious? Because that makes sure only stupid people will respond to them, says Microsoft security analyst Cormac Herley in a newly released research paper.  “Far-fetched tales of West African riches strike most as comical,” Herley writes in the introduction to his paper. “Our analysis suggests that is an advantage to the attacker, not a disadvantage.”  But even if 99 percent of the thousands of people who receive the email ignore it, that still leaves quite a lot of sad suckers who are taken in by the tale.   And, reasons Herley, if those people are dumb enough to believe such a silly story, or ignorant enough to have not heard a decade’s worth of Nigerian email jokes, then they’re quite likely to fall for the old-fashioned “advance fee” con that the email sets up.

Facebook – Employers may review unprotected profiles

A good security awareness article regarding the need to secure profile information and be careful with information that is posted.

Facebook – Employers may review unprotected profiles

QUOTE:  Whether you’re looking for a job, or already have one, there’s one thing you can be sure of: It’s not only your Facebook “friends” who are looking at your social media profile  Those doing the hiring freely admit they search potential job candidates’ Facebook profiles. If you think your current co-workers, employees or boss aren’t stopping in for an undetected peek at your profile every so often, you’re deluding yourself.  “So what?” you think. “There’s nothing on my Facebook profile that I’m ashamed of.” Are you sure? You might be surprised how much of what’s on your Facebook page is inappropriate for work.

Here are just a few of the things you’re revealing about yourself that you might not have considered.

1. Your age. Even if you didn’t use your real age when you signed up for Facebook, it’s pretty easy to figure out.

2. Your political beliefs. Anyone with a little common sense knows that talking politics at work is a bad idea, but anyone checking out your Facebook page could probably pretty easily figure out where you stand.

3. Your personal life. What’s the point of putting on a power suit for work if everyone in your office can see photos of you in your pajamas on Christmas morning on your Facebook page?

4. Your childhood. those photos your mom keeps posting of you as a kid in the bathtub are cute, too. While they’re not exactly blackmail material, there’s little doubt they’ll help undermine your efforts to command much respect around the office.

5. Your religious beliefs. What you believe is no one else’s business. But that doesn’t mean they won’t hold it against you.

6. Your work alliances. Even if you think you’re good at playing office politics, odds are your Facebook page tells the real truth about who you like and who you don’t.