Vulnerabilities / Threats
5/10/2010
04:26 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Facebook Board Member's Account Compromised

The breached account was used to send a phishing message.

A Facebook message sent out on Saturday from the account of company board member Jim Breyer to over 2,300 "friends" turns out to have been too good to be true.

The message, an invitation to an event at which attendees would be given a "Facebook phone number," was a phishing attack, designed to capture information from recipients.

Neither Facebook nor Breyer immediately responded to requests for comment.

Facebook director of communications Larry Yu told Thomson Reuters venture capital news site PE Hub that Breyer's account appeared to have been compromised and that the problem had been resolved.

A partner at Accel Partners, Breyer is one of four Facebook board members, the others being CEO Mark Zuckerberg, entrepreneur Marc Andreessen, and venture capitalist Peter Thiel.

The incident underscores the risk of supplying Facebook with data that might be better kept private.

Facebook's appeal to cybercriminals arises from the high level of trust that users extend to Facebook messages, which are generally presumed to come from friends.

Compromising someone's Facebook account also provides immediate access to a pool of new potential victims: the friends of the person whose account has been hacked.

Earlier this month, Versign's iDefense reported that its researchers had been monitoring a hacker in February who had been trying to sell login and password data for 1.5 million Facebook accounts.

Facebook told The New York Times that the hacker did not have the data that he claimed to have.

While it's not uncommon for cybercriminals to try to cheat each other, login data associated with online services from Facebook to Internet banks is regularly bought and sold on Web forums known as carding sites.

Update: After this story was filed, a Facebook spokesperson responded with the following statement: "We take security very seriously and have devoted significant resources to helping our users protect their accounts. We've developed complex automated systems that detect and flag Facebook accounts that are likely to be compromised (based on anomalous activity like lots of messages sent in a short period of time, or messages with links that are known to be bad). Because Facebook is a closed system, we have a tremendous advantage over e-mail. That is, once we detect a phony message, we can delete that message in all inboxes across the site. We also block malicious links from being shared and work with third parties to get phishing and malware sites added to browser blacklists or taken down completely. Users whose accounts have been compromised are put through a remediation process where they must take steps to re-secure their account and learn security best practices. This is what happened with Mr. Breyer's account."

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-2184
Published: 2015-03-27
Movable Type before 5.2.6 does not properly use the Storable::thaw function, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via the comment_state parameter.

CVE-2014-3619
Published: 2015-03-27
The __socket_proto_state_machine function in GlusterFS 3.5 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop) via a "00000000" fragment header.

CVE-2014-8121
Published: 2015-03-27
DB_LOOKUP in nss_files/files-XXX.c in the Name Service Switch (NSS) in GNU C Library (aka glibc or libc6) 2.21 and earlier does not properly check if a file is open, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop) by performing a look-up while the database is iterated over...

CVE-2014-9712
Published: 2015-03-27
Websense TRITON V-Series appliances before 7.8.3 Hotfix 03 and 7.8.4 before Hotfix 01 allows remote administrators to read arbitrary files and obtain passwords via a crafted path.

CVE-2015-0658
Published: 2015-03-27
The DHCP implementation in the PowerOn Auto Provisioning (POAP) feature in Cisco NX-OS does not properly restrict the initialization process, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands as root by sending crafted response packets on the local network, aka Bug ID CSCur14589.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Good hackers--aka security researchers--are worried about the possible legal and professional ramifications of President Obama's new proposed crackdown on cyber criminals.