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Beware what journalists can see in your Facebook account.

Facebook is still the major player when it comes to social networking – it’s reckoned that half of American adults are signed up to it – but a large number are also leaving.   In mid-February, Facebook made the announcement…

Last month, Facebook Security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack. This attack occurred when a handful of employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised. The compromised website hosted an exploit which then allowed malware to be installed on these employee laptops. The laptops were fully-patched and running up-to-date anti-virus software. As soon as we discovered the presence of the malware, we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day.  Facebook says no users were compromised – but it can sometimes take a while before the t is noticed.

Be aware that for ‘high profile’ people in particular, journalists will often monitor your Facebook on a regular, routine basis.

That reminds me…

A student at Oxford University went into the exam hall with all the other students to sit the first of a two part exam.  Half way through he put his hand up to attract the attention of one of the invigilators.  When the invigilator arrived the student said he would like his pint of beer.  The invigilator laughed and said words to the effect “You’ll be lucky” but the student pointed out that his entitlement was enshrined in the university’s ancient charter.  The invigilator checked it out and to his amazement it was indeed true – every student sitting an exam was entitled to a pint of beer half way through the exam.  The student got his beer and became an instant hero with the rest of the students.

The next day the student turned up to sit the second part of the exam only to be turned away by the invigilators.  He wasn’t wearing a sword.


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