Latest Dorkbot Malware Spread Via Facebook Chat
A new variant of Dorkbot made the rounds of Facebook this week, infecting users as it hopped from one friend to another over the site's chat service, researchers said.
The latest Dorkbot variant infected users by including a link to an image file in a Facebook chat session, BitDefender researchers wrote in a blog post. The file had a .JPG extension but was really an executable file. Researchers believe the malware, when executed, could spy on users' browsing activities, download additional malware, and harvest user passwords.
"The kicker here is that a Facebook user can receive a chat/IM from an (infected) friend and not know it is the spambot trying to engage in conversation," BitDefender told SecurityWatch.
Facebook appears to have removed the infection as of Tuesday. Dorkbot and its variants have been around since 2003, although the last known version was in 2011. That particular malware strain spread through instant messaging clients, including Yahoo Messenger, Pidgin, and XChat. This Facebook variant appears to be an update of the 2011 version.
Facebook Home Tops 1M Downloads as Update Rolls Out
Facebook Home officially reached the 1 million download mark today, and in celebration of the milestone, Facebook is rolling out new updates for the mobile app.
For those running the official application, today's update will provide only bug fixes, but the company will push out several more improvements over the coming weeks. Those include a more seamless Chat Heads function, a new full-screen interface for apps accessible with a single swipe, sub-folders within the app dock, and pop ups to help educate users and make Home less confusing to operate, VentureBeat reported.
According to The Next Web, Facebook will roll out Home updates every four weeks.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fortune 500: Apple Cracks Top 10, Facebook Makes Debut
Apple landed at No. 6 on this year's Fortune 500 list, the only tech company to crack the top 10.
Facebook, meanwhile, made its first appearance on the top 500.
Apple was at No. 17 in 2012, and its entrance into the top 10 proves that it's "bigger than ever,"Fortune said, despite some setbacks.
"At Apple's press event this past October, it maintained more than disrupted with its software upgrades and iPad mini announcement," the magazine said. "Also, this past year has seen a lot of CEO Tim Cook having to apologize," from the Apple Maps to warranty issues in China.
"Still, when every executive wants to invent the iPod of [insert company name], Apple remains an innovative icon," Forbes concluded.
Cupertino's real story is its profits, according to Fortune managing editor Leigh Gallagher, who told CBS This Morning that had the list been based on profits instead of revenues, Apple would have landed in the No. 2 spot, behind Exxon.
Meanwhile, Zuckerberg and Co. earned a spot in the top 500, though just barely, squeaking in at number 482. Of the CEOs heading up the companies on the Forbes 500, however, Zuckerberg is the youngest, according to Gallagher.
"This company rocketed onto the list, I think as fast as Google did, and Google was previously the fastest company to make the Fortune 500," she told CBS. "In the tech world, innovation happens a lot quicker. Years ago, it would have taken decades."
Facebook Home Tops 500,000 Downloads
Facebook Home hit the Google Play on April 12, and has already garnered more than 500,000 downloads.
According to the online market's install graph, the application has been downloaded between 500,000 and 1 million times, though specific numbers are not available. The number may not seem too impressive, though, once stacked up against an application like Instagram, which, within 24 hours of reaching the Android platform, saw more than 1 million downloads.
Facebook Home, however, reaches a much smaller audience; the new feature is available only on certain devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One X, HTC One X+, and HTC First, which comes pre-loaded with the application.
The social network's new mobile experience was unveiled earlier this month, amidst speculation of a "Facebook phone." Home remakes the Android experience into an interactive Facebook feed, where users can skim through their feed, find notifications, and access content from their home screen.
Facebook Home Now Available in Google Play Store
Facebook Home, the social network's new more-than-just-an-app, which turns select smartphones into almost Facebook phones, is now available in the Google Play store for free download.
Facebook Home, revealed earlier this month, was made available Friday for owners of the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, and Samsung Galaxy Note II. The new $99.99 HTC First smartphone, also released Friday, comes preloaded with Facebook Home, while the interface will be made available for the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 at a future date, Facebook said.
Owners of other Android phones will have to wait until Facebook releases Home for their phones. Tablets running Google's mobile operating system will also get access to Facebook Home at some point, the company said.
The best news for early adopters? Facebook Home doesn't have ads and won't for at least several months, according to the company.
The Home "experience," as the company bills it, comes up short of turning a handset into the full-fledged "Facebook phone" some people anticipated was being developed ahead of Facebook Home's unveiling. It's not a new mobile operating system or even a fork of Android, but it's also quite a bit more than another innocuous button to add to your phone's app launcher.
What it does is serve up Facebook, and lots of it, to devices from the moment they're turned on. Facebook Home first and foremost lives on a phone's lockscreen, delivering a stripped-down, tailored version of a user's News Feed, complete with alerts and the ability to comment on and like items as they dribble in across the touch screen.