Facebook Cuts iOS Crash Rate by 50% After Nabbing Mobile Bug


With half of its overall traffic now on mobile, Facebook is putting more time and resources into to making sure its main app isn't as buggy for users as it was in the past

According to the company, its New York-based team of mobile engineers have been able to cut the crash rate on iOS by 50% over the past several weeks after catching a long-term bug that was messing with the app.

The announcement comes as the company is forcing users to download a standalone Facebook Messenger app, removing the ability to send messages to friends and family within its existing app. (This has been a sore subject for many.) Read more...

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Facebook ‘Color Change’ Malware Resurfaces, Infects 10,000 Users


One of the oldest Facebook scams is back — again.

The color change scam tricks users into downloading malware via a site that claims to let users change the colors of their Facebook profile.

The latest iteration of the scam has already affected more than 10,000 people around the world, according to Cheetah Mobile, a Chinese Internet company that highlighted the most recent appearance of the scam in its blog.


The malware begins by advertising an app that tells Facebook users they can change the color theme of their profile. Download the app and you're directed to a malicious phishing site, according to Cheetah Mobile's security researchers. Read more...

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Google Launches Project Zero To Find Security Bugs In Third-Party Software

bug Google today announced that it is launching Project Zero, an internal team of security specialists tasked with finding vulnerabilities in third-party software — not to exploit them, but to alert the developers and avoid the next Heartbleed. The Heartbleed bug put the whole software industry on heightened alert, and Google, Facebook, Microsoft and many others already formed a… Read More

NSA-Mocking Easter Egg Found In Google’s New Email Encryption Plug-In

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 5.07.47 PM Google recently made waves by introducing the framework for a tool that will bolster email encryption through a coming plug-in for its Chrome browser. TechCrunch noted the complexity of the problem that Google is taking on, and that it seemed like a worthy task. Read More

Google Plans To Launch An Easy-To-Use Chrome Plug-In For Email Encryption Soon

google_tls_landing_hero Google today announced that it will soon release a Chrome plug-in that will enable end-to-end encryption for web-based email services. The plug-in is based on the OpenPGP email encryption standard. Google’s plan here is to make encryption easy enough to use to become widespread among mainstream users. Right now, unless you are fairly technical and can get extensions like Mailvelope to… Read More

Google Chrome Goes 64-Bit, Promises Better Stability, Security And Performance

chrome Most modern operating systems now natively support 64-bit processors, but even though many developers now offer 64-bit versions of their applications, browsers have generally lacked behind this move (though there are a number of unofficial 64-bit versions of Firefox, for example). Google, however, is releasing its first 64-bit version of Chrome today into the highly experimental Developer… Read More

Chrome For Windows Will Now Only Install Extensions From Google’s Web Store

chrome_pin This has been a long time coming, but starting today, Chrome users on Windows will only be able to install extensions from Google’s own Chrome Web Store. Google argues that this is meant to keep malicious extensions — which are often installed from third-party sites — in check. Read More

Google Looking At Dropcam And The Home Security Market, Says The Information

dropcam-hd Google has reportedly ben interested in Dropcam as an acquisition target, according to a new report by The Information today. The supposed purchase would help Google with its aim of getting into the home security market, and would be tied to Google’s Nest division, which seems to be turning into Google’s smart home and consumer Internet of Things play. The Information’s report… Read More

Another Security Flaw Gets the Heartbleed Treatment, But Don’t Believe the Hype


Breathless reports of a new security flaw affecting OpenID and OAuth — the technology that powers the identity logins for services such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google and LinkedIn — hit the news Friday. Dubbed "Covert Redirect," the flaw could enable malicious sites or links to grab a user's login information.

The announcement of Covert Redirect is straight out of Heartbleed's marketing manual, coming with both slick website and fancy logo. Coupled with the widespread usage of OAuth and the growing awareness of potential security threats, Covert Redirect certainly sounds bad

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Hackers Compromise 2 Million Facebook, Twitter and Gmail Accounts


More than 2 million accounts have been compromised from popular sites such as Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn after malware captured login credentials from users worldwide, according to a new report.

According to web security firm Trustwave, hackers have stolen login usernames and passwords across various sites in the past month with the help of Pony malware, a bit different than a typical breach.

"Although these are accounts for online services such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google, this is not the result of any weakness in those companies networks," said Abby Ross, a spokesperson for Trustwave. "Individual users had the malware installed on their machines and had their passwords stolenPony steals passwords that are stored on the infected users' computers as well as by capturing them when they are used to log into web services." Read more...

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