Morning Security Brief: Zuckerberg's Facebook Hacked, Japanese Nuclear Plant Leaking, And More
A Palestinian programmer hacked into the Facebook CEO's page to reveal a security flaw, 300 tons of contaminated waste have leaked from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, a top McAfee official takes over DHS cybersecurity post, and more.
►Palestinian programmer Khalil Shreateh hacked into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s page to reveal a security flaw in the social media Web site. Shreateh, a security researcher, discovered the loophole that allowed him to post to anyone’s Facebook page, even if he wasn’t friends with them. He said he alerted Facebook’s security team of the flaw but they told him the problem was not a bug. "First, sorry for breaking your privacy and post(ing) to your wall," Shreateh wrote on Zuckerberg’s wall. "I (have) no other choice to make after all the reports I sent to (the) Facebook team." The site’s security team quickly fixed the flaw, which, if exploited, could have been taken advantage of by spammers and scam artists. Facebook has a “white hat” program that rewards programmers who find and report bugs in the Web site. However, Shreateh is ineligible for the monetary reward because he violated Facebook’s terms of service.
►Three hundred tons of radioactive water have leaked from Japan’s Fukushima Power Plant, which was ravaged during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, according to The New York Times. Plant regulators have declared a radiological release incident, and much of the contaminated water has seeped into soil and could eventually reach the Pacific Ocean. The source of the leak has yet to be determined, and rain in the region is hampering cleanup efforts. “We must prevent the contaminated water from dispersing further due to rain and are piling up more sandbags,” said spokesman Masayuki Ono. The leak brings into question the durability of the site’s 1,000 tanks, which are supposed to house contaminated waste for five years. This latest leak comes from a tank less than two years old.
►Also in the news: The Department of Homeland Security will be updating its classification management tools after an inspector general’s report stated that the current system is outdated. The tool blocks sensitive information on computers. And the new iPhone will use biometrics to boost security, according to 9to5Mac. The yet-to-be-released phone’s Home button will have a fingerprint scanner, which will take biometric technology mainstream.