A security analyst, who thought Facebook did not heed his warning about a security flaw seriously, decided a demonstration was needed (CNN). And he did it by posting a message on Mark Zuckerberg's own Facebook account, you know, the CEO of Facebook, the guy who wants no privacy for anyone else but himself.
Talk about a sweet, sweet hack. And here's the thing. Khalil Shreateh, an unemployed security analyst, could not have a better addition to his resume. I wager he'll soon get a couple of offers. Maybe, Google should hire him, you know?
And Facebook's lame excuse for not heeding Mr. Shreateh's warning?
His English was bad.
Now comes the age old question of whether Shreateh should have used the security flaw to make his point after Facebook failed to acknowledge his information. I'm gonna with with no. But here's the thing, this is going to be the norm now.
Just like Apple's developer website hack a few weeks ago, the reported security flaw and ensuing demonstration brought attention to the "analyst". And right or wrong, this will bring attention to the act and maybe even be lucrative.
As for the media, well, their also involved in these hacks as well by reporting it on behalf of these hackers and putting a white hat on them. It's like car chases being shown live on TV. You probably don't want to do that because it brings attention to the violators but it's also what the public want to see.
However, in this case being Facebook, the biggest advocating for doing away with user privacy altogether and the hack happened to be Zuckerberg's own account, who in the past had asked that people respect "his privacy", I think it's a job well done.
Monday, August 19, 2013
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