Saturday Social – Big Vine traffic drop, Facebook bug exposed
Vine takes a tumble, UK man finds Facebook flaw worth $20K, Mobile malware grows 614%, Kenichi Ebina epic ‘dance’ (ish)
Just a week after Instagram launched video sharing, Twitter’s rival app Vine has seen a huge drop in links being shared. Vine links dropped a massive 40% in one day, just a day after Instagram made its announcement.
Vine usage has continued to drop like the proverbial stone ever since, with just 900,000 links being shared on Thursday, compared to almost 2.5 million the previous week. To demonstrate Vine’s drop in fortune, Marketing Land used Topsy’s free analytics tool to create the chart below.
According to the BBC, over the course of the week, there were 50% more Instagram video links shared than those of Vine. At the beginning of the month, everything looked rosy for Vine, as they passed the amount of Instagram photo shares for the first time.
According to the Vine blog, the video-shorts app will soon be making some exciting new updates of its own, so watch this space.
Twitter declined the opportunity to comment on the turn of events.
UK man finds Facebook security flaw worth $20K
UK security researcher Jack Whitton has been rewarded by Facebook after he discovered an exploit that could have been used by hackers to access user accounts.
Mr Whitton reported the flaw via the social network’s responsible disclosure program and was rewarded with a $20,000 (£13,000) pay out, as well as being added to the site’s ‘hall of fame’.
“Facebook’s White Hat programme is designed to catch and eradicate bugs before they cause problems,” Facebook told the BBC.
“Once again, the system worked and we thank Jack for his contribution.”
Mr Whitton is a member of the ‘white hat’ hacking community which deliberately attempts to hack sites in an effort to uncover security issues such as this. Whilst hackers have developed a bad reputation over the years, thanks mostly to ‘script kiddies’, white hat hackers are professional security experts who carry out an invaluable service.
The majority of large technology companies run a similar programme to Facebook’s and these are known as ‘bug bounties’.
The Facebook exploit allowed Mr Whitton to trick the site’s mobile verification system into sending a code via text to reset an account’s password that didn’t belong to him.
Facebook have reported that the flaw has now been fixed.
Mobile malware grows 614%
Mobile malware on the Android platform has grown a huge 614% over the course of the past twelve months, according to new data from the annual Mobile Threat Report from Juniper Networks.
92% of all the malware picked up at Juniper’s Mobile Threat Centre targeted the Android platform, proving that mobile malware is proving to be a profitable venture for cybercriminals.
However, for the most part, the threats were found in third-party app stores, rather than the official Google Play store. More than 500 dodgy app stores exist globally, with the majority being located in China and Russia and whilst the majority of them target Android devices, it’s thought that jail broken iOS devices can also be affected.
Around 73% of the malware allows attackers to make a quick profit by exploiting holes in mobile payment systems. However, there is also evidence to suggest that more sophisticated attackers are setting up complex botnets designed to steal corporate information.
“There’s no doubt mobility will continue to be a pervasive and disruptive force across every industry. We have found that it has created an easy business opportunity for malware developers who are becoming savvy in their approach to quickly turn profits in a rapidly growing market,” said Troy Vennon, director of the Mobile Threat Centre.
“We anticipate that similar to the evolution of PC-based threats, mobile attacks will continue to increase and become more sophisticated in the coming years.”
It’s thought that the “fragmented” nature of the Android ecosystem contributes heavily to the problem, as users are exposed to threats due to infrequent OS updates. As of June 3 this year, Google reported that only 4% of Android phones were running the latest version of the OS.
Kenichi Ebina epic ‘dance’ (ish)
This week brings a rapidly spreading video from America’s Got Talent as Kenichi Ebina astounds the world with his impossible looking ‘dance’ moves. It’s like a mixture of the Matrix, robotics and martial arts and is pretty jaw-dropping stuff.
There’s no wonder it’s spreading like wildfire – don’t try this at home!
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