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According to a recent market research Google, Facebook and Apple are enlisted among top 10 best work places. Glassdoor has disclosed the facts in their fourth Employees’ Choice Awards ceremony. The company makes a list of 50 work places depending on the choices and opinions of nearly 250,000 employees every year. They emphasize on topics like salary, other benefits, work culture, work growth, opportunities, work-life balance and even the workability and efficiency of company CEO according to employees.
PayPal the giant online payment provider has reported to build up a new app for Facebook to make the users able to send money to their buddies. The money will be channeled from the users’ bank account or the PayPal balance. PayPal has assured that they will not charge any extra charge and there won’t be any hidden charges either.
A federal judge called a Louisiana law, banning certain sex offenders from Facebook and other social networking sites a “constitutionally problematic” statute. However, he did not decide Wednesday whether to throw out the embargo, which took the result in August.
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson, based in Baton Rouge, heard arguments from a lawyer, which represents two convicted sex offenders who seeks in overturning the law, and from the attorney general’s office that defends the statute.
The judge said he will make a ruling following the final arguments that are going to be filed by Nov. 23.
Earlier this year, lawmakers, backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, passed the ban. They said it got designed to keep sex offenders from preying on children in online forums.
The law, sponsored by Rep. Ledricka Thierry, D-Opelousas, makes it for people already convicted with sex offense against a minor or video voyeurism to let them use networking websites, chat rooms and peer-to-peer networks.
Those who are under probation and parole officers and judges can make exceptions.
According to the ACLU of Louisiana, the law is too wide and it and violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Harrison reveals the terms used in the law forbid sex offenders from browsing any website, allowing users in creating profiles concerning themselves or that has chat rooms, instant messaging and e-mail. Harrison said that sweeps in everything from news websites to job search sites and the official Louisiana hurricane awareness website.
Jackson noted the statute looks in forbidding them from using the federal court website.
Harrison said that the two sex offenders identified in the proceedings are John Doe, and James Doe is going to be limited from jobs and their ability in staying productive, contributing members of society. As of now, they are pursuing the civil suit against state officials and their local district attorneys.
Kurt Wall, with the attorney general’s office, said the state corrections secretary hand out a regulation last month in an effort to clarify that its never designed in including a prohibition on news sites, but places like Facebook and MySpace.
The judge, however, said that only covers the probation and parole officers under the corrections department, not district attorneys who could choose to prosecute people under the ban for wider Internet practice.
Wall also disputed the law should not be challenged in anticipation of the time a person prosecuted under it or encountered the types of problems the ACLU explained as possible. He said no one has even tried in getting the waiver allowed in the law.
A result of an eight week study found that Facebook‘s fake account detection mechanisms can be easily overcome by 80 percent of the time with the special help of automated tools. The study conducted by researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Yazan Boshmaf together with some of the of programmers such as Ildar Muslukhov, Konstantin Beznosov, and Matei Ripeanu created a network of 102 bots designed to pose as real humans on social networks. The researchers then released the bots on Facebook with the intention of befriending as many users as possible so that it could collect private information about the unsuspecting users.
To create a user account on an OSN [online social network] the bots must perform three tasks: providing an active email addresses, creating a user profile, and a little bit of solving a CAPTCHA. [...] They are arguing whether an adversary can fully computerize the account creation process.
The trick that the researchers did is not new since its been used before by Koobface have long used automatically created accounts in spamming malicious links. This persuaded Facebook in developing specialized detection mechanisms over the years.
According to UBC researchers, such defenses are not that effective in fighting those malwares. The social bots the researchers let lose onto Facebook targeted 5,053 arbitrarily selected users to whom they sent friend requests.
The rate at which the embattled individuals accepted these requests were 20 percent on average. The researchers found out that by using female profiles, the bots have a higher success than those bots that have male profiles. However, the rate tripled when the bots started targeting friends of those who had accepted requests.
Following the time that the bots has become a friend with new users the automated programs scraped their profiles, news feeds and wall posts so that it could gather all the pertinent information. The collected data included things like gender, birth date, place of employment, names of attended schools, home city, current city, mail address, email address, phone number, IM account IDs and marital status.
The researcher got forced to stop the test after their servers can not handle the traffic that it is getting from the said test.
During the time of the trial, Facebook’s real-time protection system only manages to block 20 of the 100 fake profiles. However, when they investigate it thoroughly, they discovered that the profiles got flagged as spam by other users.
Malware experts acknowledge Facebook’s efforts in blocking automated account creation efforts on its social network. According to antivirus vendor BitDefender, the number of threats, using the same techniques has decreased considerably in the course of the past two years.
The researchers said that the best way to protect a person’s account is by not accepting any friend invitation from unidentified users. Also, it would be better if users would not click on any links that that users sent on them, even if it comes from someone you know.