The Switchboard: When Mark Zuckerberg’s profile page got hacked

(Tony Avelar / Bloomberg)

(Tony Avelar / Bloomberg)

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Publicly owning Mark Zuckerberg. After discovering an exploit that let him take control of the Facebook founder's profile page, a Palestinian hacker was rebuffed by the company when he tried to report it, according to Wired. "Where Facebook failed, though, techies from across the world stepped in to fix, crowdfunding a $13,000 (£8,110) reward for Shreateh. Now that money, and Shreateh's notoriety, is about to launch the former construction worker into a new life. He's using the funds to buy a new laptop and launch a cybersecurity service where websites will be able to request 'ethical hacking' to identify their vulnerabilities. And he's started a six-month contract with a nearby university to find bugs as part of their information security unit. He hacks and reports flaws on other universities' sites in his free time."

International Space Station infected with USB stick malware. IT security researcher Eugene Kaspersky says the misstep took place when a Russian astronaut brought the USB stick on board. "Kaspersky doesn't give any details about when the infection he was told about took place," reports the International Business Times, "but it appears as if it was prior to May of this year when the United Space Alliance, the group which oversees the operaiton of the ISS, moved all systems entirely to Linux to make them more 'stable and reliable.'"

Apple Maps: How Google lost when everyone thought it had won. ComScore data show that Google's maps application for iOS lost 23 million users in the last year, a fall from its peak of 81 million in Sept. 2012, according to the Guardian. "ComScore's data suggests though that comparatively few iPhone owners actually take the trouble to use Google's maps rather than Apple's - in part because Apple's maps are the default for any driving directions or map-related search on iOS 6 and above."

Netflix + YouTube = Half your broadband diet. Netflix remains king of the streaming video services, according to AllThingsD. "So said Sandvine, the broadband service company. Sandvine said that Netflix and Google’s video site now account for more than half of America’s 'downstream' traffic delivered over 'fixed networks' — the kind you get at home or at work — during peak hours."

Australian spy agency helped BHP negotiate trade deals. A major mining company received intelligence on Japanese competitors from Australian security services as part of an effort to gain leverage in foreign negotiations, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. "'Suddenly [the Australian government] wanted to know what the demand would be for Australian iron ore and other commodities, and just what price the Japanese were prepared to pay for steel,' the former intelligence officer said. 'We gave market information [to] major companies like BHP which were helpful to us, and officers at overseas stations would trade snippets with some of their commercial contacts … BHP knew we were giving them secret intelligence. They lapped it up.'"

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