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Facebook Confirms Data Breach 155

another random user writes "A researcher by the name of Suriya Prakash has claimed that the majority of phone numbers on Facebook are not safe. It's not clear where he got his numbers from (he says 98 percent, while another time he says 500 million out of Facebook's 600 million mobile users), but his demonstration certainly showed he could collect countless phone numbers and their corresponding Facebook names with very little effort. Facebook has confirmed that it limited Prakash's activity but it's unclear how long it took to do so. Prakash disagrees with when Facebook says his activity was curtailed." Update: 10/11 17:47 GMT by T : Fred Wolens of Facebook says this isn't an exploit at all, writing "The ability to search for a person by phone number is intentional behavior and not a bug in Facebook. By default, your privacy settings allow everyone to find you with search and friend finder using the contact info you have provided, such as your email address and phone number. You can modify these settings at any time from the Privacy Settings page. Facebook has developed an extensive system for preventing the malicious usage of our search functionality and the scenario described by the researcher was indeed rate-limited and eventually blocked." Update: 10/11 20:25 GMT by T : Suriya Prakash writes with one more note: "Yes, it is a feature of FB and not a bug.but FB never managed to block me; the vul was in Read my original post. Many other security researchers also confirmed the existence of this bug; FB did not fix it until all the media coverage." Some of the issue is no doubt semantic; if you have a Facebook account that shows your number, though, you can decide how much you care about the degree to which the data is visible or findable.

Firefox 16 Pulled To Address Security Vulnerability 165

Shortly after the release of the newest major version of Firefox, an anonymous reader writes with word that "Mozilla has removed Firefox 16 from its installer page due to security vulnerabilities that, if exploited, could allow 'a malicious site to potentially determine which websites users have visited' ... one temporary work-around, until a fix is released, is to downgrade to 15.0.1"

Comment Re:BOM/COM (Score 1) 612

No, I'm not WOZ but if you ever watch or read anything on the history of this you'd learn that he was very apt on the bill of materials. He succeeded by combining many parts into one to save on cost and complexity.

Comment Re:V12 (Score 1) 68

Its the best to me because:

I messed with it a lot in Tribes 2. So I can only assume it has gotten better but:
Its net code was not tied to frame rendering and was object oriented from the get-go.
Had a built in world editor that worked while live games were running. You could prop a server up and edit the world real-time.
Supported scripting and compiled it on the fly for faster run-times
had the best vehicle code I've seen outside of a racing game...

Hopefully one can learn this, perhaps consider publishing, and then license it for $100 still. That'd be great!

Comment Re:Yikes... (Score 1) 148

Ha! I try to support local vendors and growers. For farmers markets and the like, I cant recommend anyone else. As for other local shops and the like, they charge more (computer repair/parts, auto, tools, groceries) for less value. What I mean is that they are equal or less in quality, and their service is usually mean and or non caring like they dont need my money or desire to help me to make extra sales. I was flat out told that I "dont need a new computer" when he had no idea what for (a media center, new addition) and I responded by saying I guess what you dont need is money and left.

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