LinkedIn hacking, Facebook for children and WikiLoot developments
LinkedIn has confirmed that it has suffered a security breach as a number of its members' passwords have been stolen. A Russian hacker claimed to have taken 6,458,020 encrypted passwords of LinkedIn members, which he then posted online to provide proof of his actions. In a blog post, LinkedIn director Vicente Silveira, said: "We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts." Those subjected to the LinkedIn password hacking have been notified to update their details as their existing security information is no longer valid.
The Russian hacker, who uses the pseudonym 'dwdm', did not stop at the LinkedIn hacking as they then went on to steal around 1.5 million passwords from the internet dating site eHarmony. In response to the attack, eHarmony released a blog post stating: "Please be assured that eHarmony uses robust security measures, including password hashing and data encryption, to protect our members' personal information."
Facebook for children
Facebook is currently developing technology to grant children access to the social network. The Wall Street Journal has reported that those under the age of 13 will soon be able to set up accounts under parental supervision. It is thought that parents will have complete access to their child's profile from their own account, controlling who the child can become friends with and regulating the applications that they use.
At present, those under the age of 13 can't set up accounts. However, the move to develop Facebook for children could be an attempt to temper current problems regarding under-13s lying about their age to set up profiles. Last year, Consumer Reports conducted a survey which found that 7.5 million Facebook members are under the age of 13 and therefore are not supposed to have access to the social network.
In an attempt to track down lost treasures, the authors of Chasing Aphrodite are set to develop WikiLoot. Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino have championed the idea of creating an open platform where previously unseen details regarding stolen artefacts are published online. The site will focus on documentation seized during investigations, uploading the content for further analysis.
On the Chasing Aphrodite site, the pair stated: "The project is still embryonic -- we're consulting with open-source techies on the best way to structure the wiki; with lawyers about the legal issues involved; and with social media experts on how to engage the broader public in the effort." It is thought that WikiLoot will firstly deal with stolen artefacts from Italy and Greece, and then request material from around the world.