Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Faces Congress

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg faced the senate judiciary and commerce committees today, in light of the recent data breach impacting over 87 million of its users.  

on march-21 addressing the cambridge analytica situation, “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you. I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it,” mark posted. 

here’s a background of events;

Safe Internet Banking (Beware of Identity Theft)

would you panic while internet crooks take over your personal details and your life? safeinternetbanking.be put one real victim through the test. they literally scared the hell out of him by gradually taking over his life using shared information (in social media sites) and web footprints. 

safeinternetbanking.be urges people to be vigilant and never to share personal and banking information by mail or by telephone. 

LinkedIn Releases Statement Over Account Passwords Breach

LinkedIn, the top social network for professionals was recently criticized over inadequate security when around 6.5 million account passwords were reportedly hacked and were leaked online.

to see if your password has been compromised, you can check https://lastpass.com/linkedin

here’s the official statement of LinkedIn c/o Vicente Silveira (LinkedIn Director)

It is of the utmost importance to us that we keep you, our members, informed regarding the news this week that some LinkedIn member passwords were compromised. We want to reiterate that we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members.
From the moment we became aware of this issue, we have been working non-stop to investigate it. While we continue to learn more as a result of our ongoing investigation, here is what we know now:
Yesterday we learned that approximately 6.5 million hashed LinkedIn passwords were posted on a hacker site. Most of the passwords on the list appear to remain hashed and hard to decode, but unfortunately a small subset of the hashed passwords was decoded and published.
To the best of our knowledge, no email logins associated with the passwords have been published, nor have we received any verified reports of unauthorized access to any member’s account as a result of this event.
Since we became aware of this issue, we have been taking active steps to protect our members.  Our first priority was to lock down and protect the accounts associated with the decoded passwords that we believed were at the greatest risk. We’ve invalidated those passwords and contacted those members with a message that lets them know how to reset their passwords.
Going forward, as a precautionary measure, we are disabling the passwords of any other members that we believe could potentially be affected. Those members are also being contacted by LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords.
We are also actively working with law enforcement, which is investigating this matter.
Finally, we’ve enhanced our security measures through an additional layer of technical protection know as “salting” to better secure your information.
We are working hard to protect you, but there are also steps that you can take to protect yourself, such as:
  • To take advantage of our enhanced security measures, change your password now byclicking here.
  • Make sure you update your password on LinkedIn (and any site that you visit on the Web) at least once every few months.
  • Do not use the same password for multiple sites or accounts.
  • Create a strong password for your account, one that includes letters, numbers, and other characters.
  • Watch out for phishing emails and spam emails requesting personal or sensitive information.
Our efforts to protect LinkedIn members impacted by this incident are ongoing and we will continue to keep you posted here.
For an update click here.

DOST-ICTO Urges Review of Philippine Government Websites’ Security

the Philippine Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) recently sent directives to all government system admins to review their security protocols in light of the recent website hack attacks.

in the recent weeks, hackers have defaced several Philippine websites; on apr22 the University of the Philippines was shown with “We come from China, Huangyan Island is ours!,” on may4 – Philippine Star, on may9 – PAGASA has shown “Hacked by Net User!Just for a fun !!Team :X-f**k! Email:794399786@qq.com!” and as this happen, the Philippine News Agency was defaced with a Chinese flag.

hackers seem to ride the tensions in the Scarborough Shoal dispute, the good thing probably that came out of this is the government’s realization to put value in their website’s security (it was previously stated the government does not prioritize cybersecurity and white-hat hackers who exposed several government websites vulnerabilities).

Undersecretary Louis Casambre, ICTP exec director said, “We would like to request system administrators of government websites to review their source code for these security flaws. A common vulnerability we have found stems from third party plug-ins used in content management systems (CMS).”

read more [philstar.com]

LordDemOn Defaces CBCP Health Care Commission Website

IT PINOYs visiting the Episcopal Commission on Health Care (ECHC) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)www.cbcphealthcare.org, might be shocked to see that it has just been defaced earlier today.

the website currently reads,
“HackEd BY LordDem0n EgYpT!0n – H4Ck3r
Your Security Can Not Face Us !!!
Contact Me

this came in time for the planned vigil by pro-life Catholic groups against the reproductive health (RH) bill.

read more [gmanews.tv]

Hackers Deface TESDA Website

it has been reported that hackers recently defaced the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) website, www.tesda.gov.ph

the hackers put up two changes on the home page, the first reads, “Nakikiramay kami sa pagpanaw ng Iskolar ng Bayan, freedom fighter na si Kimay” and an illustration of a man giving the middle finger with the caption, “Ano ba gagamitin sa eleksyon?”

this isn’t the first time a Philippine Government web site has been hacked, the Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI) site was hacked in 2008, and just last year the Dept. of Health (DoH) was also hacked.

the Philippine government expressed worries about these incidents and urged Comelec (who will conduct the 2010 automated elections) as well as the other agencies to solidify their website securities.

got intrigued by this freedom fighter kimay, well i found this website

read more [abs-cbnnews.com]

*imaged nabbed from us.asiancorrespondent.com