Facebook is Struggling to live up to the responsibility it faces for adequately securing the vast amount of personal information it amasses, the social network’s top security executive said in a leaked phone call with company employees.
“The threats that we are facing have increased significantly and the quality of the adversaries that we are facing,” Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said during a taped call, which was reported Thursday by ZDNet1. “Both technically and from a cultural perspective, I don’t feel like we have caught up with our responsibility.”
The way that I explain to management is that we have the threat profile of a Northrop Grumman or a Raytheon or another defense contractor, but we run our corporate network, for example, like a college campus, almost . We have made intentional decisions to give access to data and systems to engineers to make them “move fast,” but that creates other issues for us. Stamos also discussed a report on the state of Facebook’s security posture and described it as a “very painful process.” He said the report will be updated every six months and that the company’s management team will be briefed on its contents. Stamos told ZDNet reporter Zack Whittaker2 he used the words “college campus” as a figure of speech several times during an internal discussion to describe challenges that the company faces. “My team runs network security for the company, and of course we secure it thoroughly,” Stamos said . The leaked comments were made during an internal talk with employees discussing the challenges Facebook had protecting its networks from the growing threat of nation-sponsored hackers.
In 2014, Russian intelligence agents orchestrated a hack on Yahoo that compromised 500 million user accounts, federal prosecutors have alleged3 . Google said in 2010 that it was on the receiving end of a highly targeted attack by Chinese hackers that was aimed at accessing the Gmail accounts of activists and stealing the company’s intellectual property . Researchers have presented evidence strongly suggesting that dozens of other breaches on defense contractors, security companies, and others have also been carried out by state-sponsored attackers.
In a series of tweets Thursday4, Stamos said a basic challenge Facebook and similar companies face stems from the freedom they give engineers to customize their environments and experiment with new tools and development processes.
“As a result, we can’t architect our security the same way a defense contractor can, with limited computing options and no freedom,” Stamos wrote. “Keeping the company secure while allowing the culture to blossom is a challenge, but a motivating one, I’m happy to accept .
The ‘college campus’ wording is just a figure of speech to make the point.”
The headline and first sentence of this post were updated in an attempt to better paraphrase Stamos’s comment “Both technically and from a cultural perspective, I don’t feel like we have caught up with our responsibility.”
Police 2arrested the woman on suspicion of trespassing, and they say the incident is not being treated as terrorism related. Images from the scene appear to show a woman being pulled down from the railings by police, as people capture the incident on their phones. Video footage posted online captures the dramatic moment cops bring her back down, put her arms behind her back and appear to handcuff her.
Officers caught a woman trying to climb the gates of Buckingham Palace (Image: twitter.com/aidilarazak)
The woman is heard screaming “Queen of the country” as she is led to a police car. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “At 17.40hrs on Saturday, 7 October officers in the area of Buckingham Palace observed a woman climbing the front gates of the palace.
“The woman, believed to be in in her 30s was quickly detained by officers before she gained access to the palace grounds.
“She was arrested on suspicion of trespass under Section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, trespass on a designated site and is currently in custody at a central London police station.
“The incident is not being treated as terrorist-related.”
Buckingham Palace (file photo) (Image: Getty Images)
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A student was knocked to the ground by a single punch in this shocking video clip outside a pub. In the brief footage, the victim drops to the ground before his attacker – believed to be a security firm employee – is seen walking away from him. The student lands on the hard surface in the middle of a road and was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment.
The short clip was filmed on Monday night outside The Hatfield bar on Ormeau Road, Belfast.
The student as he was struck in the face by his attacker (Image: Belfast Live WS) The student was rushed to hospital for treatment (Image: Belfast Live WS)
A spokesman said: Shortly after 11.40pm last night, police received a report of an assault outside licensed premises on the Ormeau Road in Belfast.
A teenage male was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment.
“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 1665 of 25/9/17.
The incident took place outside the Hatfield bar on Ormeau Road, Belfast (Image: Google Streetview)
A spokesman for The Hatfield said: We are aware of an incident which took place on the Ormeau road last night between a member of public and an employee of an independent security firm.
“This individual in grey was not present in our premises at any time.
“We are unable to comment any further at this stage.