Week in Geek: Facebook App Developers Sold User Information Edition

By Akemi Iwaya on November 7th, 2010

This week we learned how to become familiar with layers in Photoshop, know what encryption is and how it works, skip through YouTube videos using the number keys, optimize Microsoft Word’s Editor Area for better writing, put a real Libraries Icon on a Windows 7 desktop, and more.


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  • Facebook app developers sold user info
    Facebook has revealed that a data broker has been buying identifying Facebook user information from app developers and as a result has placed some developers on a six-month suspension.
  • Sophos unveils free antivirus software for the Mac
    Sophos unveiled free antivirus software today that Macintosh users can install to detect and block malware that targets computers running the Mac operating system.
  • Microsoft responds to Firesheep cookie-jacking tool
    The Firesheep developers continue to be under fire for releasing  their cookie-jacking plug-in. However, in doing so they have already made Microsoft promise that it will fully convert its Hotmail / Windows Live email service to SSL.
  • Firm finds security holes in mobile bank apps
    A security firm disclosed holes today in mobile apps from Bank of America, USAA, Chase, Wells Fargo and TD Ameritrade, prompting a scramble by most of the companies to update the apps.
  • Attackers set sights on online industrial control systems
    The US government’s Industrial Control System Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) is warning that searches for SCADA systems accessible via the web are increasing.
  • Microsoft warns of targeted attacks using new IE hole
    Microsoft on Wednesday warned of a hole in older versions of Internet Explorer (IE) that was used in limited targeted attacks in which e-mails were sent to people in organizations directing them to a Web site where exploit code could take over their computers.
  • Honeypot role reversal
    Security firm Tllod (The Last Line of Defense) reports  in its blog that some botnet control servers are apparently equipped with functions to mislead and monitor inquisitive researchers, and to complicate their analyses.
  • Man nabbed for allegedly stealing sexy pics, posting online
    A 23-year-old California man is in jail accused of breaking into more than 170 e-mail accounts of women and stealing explicit photos of them, as well as sending the photos to their e-mail contacts and posting them on their Facebook pages.
  • Half of IT pros plan to use XP after support ends
    Many IT professionals intend to carry on using Windows XP even after extended support for the venerable operating system ends in 2014, according to a survey.
  • GNOME has the help wanted sign out
    Stormy Peters is leaving her position with GNOME to take a developer relations job with Mozilla. Good for her. Bad for GNOME.

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Google’s hardest working employees are back! And then leave for a really long time.


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Sysadmin Geek Tips


  • How to Remove Advertisements with Pixelserv on DD-WRT
    There are numerous ways to block advertisements in your browser, but what if you could block them on the router? Here’s how to use the DD-WRT firmware and deliberate “DNS poisoning” to block ads for every device on your network.

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  • Office2 for iPhone
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The Geek Note

That is all we have for you this week, so get outside and have fun with the rest of your weekend! Got a great tip? Send it in to us at tips@howtogeek.com.


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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 11/7/10
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