Cybersecurity Experts On Facebook Glitch

Facebook is reportedly down for users across the globe. Several users from across the world are complaining about the biggest social media platform showing weird posts from celebrities.

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Tyler Moffitt
Tyler Moffitt , Security Analyst
InfoSec Expert
August 25, 2022 1:40 pm

As always with cryptocurrency promotions on social media, users should remain vigilant in their skepticism. It’s very popular for fake celebrity accounts to post crypto scams that read something like: “you send me some bitcoin and I’ll send you back double, check out this crypto project – the returns are massive and are basically a guarantee, donate for this charity or cause with your crypto” (of course, none will go to it). Make sure always to do your own research with cryptocurrency and not to let anyone convince you of giving it away. There is no “fraud or refund department” for any cryptocurrency and transactions are final and irreversible which is why they are such a favourite with bad actors.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tyler Moffitt
Chris Vaughan
Chris Vaughan , Technical Account Manager
InfoSec Expert
August 25, 2022 1:38 pm

Many Facebook users woke up to a glitch on their news feeds which showed various comments that other users had posted on celebrity pages. The company has now confirmed this was due to a ‘configuration change’ which has now been fixed.  

This is the latest example of a serious IT issue that was caused by human error after Facebook was impacted by a separate incident in October last year that was also caused by a staff slip-up. The weakest link in IT and cybersecurity is always likely to be the human element, but there are measures that can be taken to minimize the impact of these potentially damaging mistakes. The main one is for organizations to boost their levels of cyber hygiene, which refers to a set of practices that organizations and individuals perform regularly to maintain the health and security of users, devices, networks and data. Important aspects of cyber hygiene that can avoid glitches and downtime include patching and having visibility of all devices connected to the organization’s network so that any vulnerable ones can be fixed or removed. Measures like these offer no guarantee of avoiding any costly incidents, but they certainly reduce the chances of them happening and the impact they have.

This Facebook issue is surfacing shortly after former Twitter executive Peiter Zatko cited several security problems with the platform and employee devices. Therefore, I expect the high level of attention to continue being placed on the practices of social media companies in regards to IT management and security. By focusing on boosting cyber hygiene and demonstrating these efforts to the public and government, trust can be built. This is important for social media companies because it directly influences a key goal that many of them share – growing the number of users.

Last edited 1 month ago by Chris Vaughan
Chris Vaughan
Chris Vaughan , Technical Account Manager
InfoSec Expert
August 24, 2022 2:08 pm

Many Facebook users woke up to a glitch on their news feeds which showed various comments that other users had posted on celebrity pages. The company has now confirmed this was due to a ‘configuration change’ which has now been fixed. This is the latest example of a serious IT issue that was caused by human error after Facebook was impacted by a separate incident in October last year that was also caused by a staff slip-up. The weakest link in IT and cybersecurity is always likely to be the human element, but there are measures that can be taken to minimise the impact of these potentially damaging mistakes. The main one is for organisations to boost their levels of cyber hygiene, which refers to a set of practices that organisations and individuals perform regularly to maintain the health and security of users, devices, networks and data. Important aspects of cyber hygiene that can avoid glitches and downtime include patching and having visibility of all devices connected to the organisation’s network so that any vulnerable ones can be fixed or removed. Measures like these offer no guarantee of avoiding any costly incidents, but they certainly reduce the chances of them happening and the impact they have.

This Facebook issue is surfacing shortly after former Twitter executive Peiter Zatko cited several security problems with the platform and employee devices. Therefore, I expect the high level of attention to continue being placed on the practices of social media companies in regards to IT management and security. By focusing on boosting cyber hygiene and demonstrating these efforts to the public and government, trust can be built. This is important for social media companies because it directly influences a key goal that many of them share – growing the number of users.

Last edited 1 month ago by Chris Vaughan
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