Hacker gets $15000 reward for finding bug in Facebook

Bengaluru-based Anand Prakash found a vulnerability on Facebook which could have been used to hack into any user account easily without any user interaction. This could give full access to view messages, credit/debit cards stored under payment section, personal photos and much more.

According to a post on Prakash’s blog, he stated that, “Whenever a user forgets his password on Facebook, he has an option to reset the password by entering his phone number/email address and Facebook will then send a 6 digit code on his phone number/email address, which can be used in order to set a new password.” He added that he tried to brute the 6 digit code on Facebook and was blocked after 10-12 invalid attempts.

Prakash looked out for the same issue on beta.facebook.com and mbasic.beta.facebook.com and found that rate limiting was missing on ‘forgot password’ endpoints. He tried to takeover his own account and was successful in setting new password for it as well. With this method, he could then use the same password to login in the account.

Facebook, on its part, acknowledged the issue promptly and fixed it. The hacker was rewarded $15,000 (approximately Rs 10 lakh) considering the severity and impact of the vulnerability.

Facebook’s video ads increase view time by 12%

Social media giant Facebook introduced new features for video ads on its website, including automated captioning for sound-off videos and other updates to help advertisers better use its platform.

“Creatively, mobile video draws on the craft skills and experience we have developed as an industry building for film, TV and the traditional web and compresses them into a new form designed to immediately connect with an audience,” Mark D’Arcy, chief creative officer, creative shop of Facebook, said in a statement.

The new tool generates captions for video ads and delivers them to the advertiser within the ad creation tool to review, edit and save to their video ad.

The other updates include reporting and buying options for video ads.

Advertisers will now be able to see the percentage of people who have viewed their videos with sound globally.

In a research, Facebook found that when feed-based mobile video ads play loudly when people aren’t expecting it, 80 percent react negatively towards the platform and the advertiser.

By including captions, advertisers can increase video view time by an average of 12 percent, the findings showed.

“Video advertisers that tailor their creative with visuals that get people to stop scrolling and watch will drive the best business results on Facebook,” Idema added.

source: www.tech.firstpost.com

Launch hidden Chess Game in Facebook Messenger App

A game of Chess is the most viable solution for the game lovers who want to exercise the most important organ in their body, the brain. Many research studies have highlighted the intellectual benefits of playing Chess.

The only prerequisite for a game to start is a special phrase to launch the chess board. By typing a quick phrase, a Facebook user can start a game with another friend through Facebook’s website or Facebook Messenger app.

Start a conversation with a friend with whom you want to play. During a conversation, type@fbchess play and a board will appear. Your friend will go first (depending on the mobile app or Facebook on Web).

Select a piece. There are some standard algebraic notation like:-

  1. Q for “Queen”
  2. B for “Bishop”
  3. R for “Rook”
  4. K for “King”
  5. N for “Knight”
  6. P for “Pawn”

Pawns could be moved by issuing the simple commands with numbers (along with the vertical axes). You are required to enter the letter and number representing the space you want to move it on the board. For instance, you need to type @fbchess Pc3 to move your pawn to that space. If more than one piece can go there, you’ll be asked which one to move.

Accidentally, if you make a wrong move, you can undo a move with @fbchess undo command or by clicking the “undo” button — but your opponent has to accept the request to undo.

If you would want to view the chess board in full size, click on the chat menu settings icon and select “See Full Conversation.” Although, Chess in Facebook messenger app is not as good as paid versions of the game, it serves the purpose well.

Facebook releases Facebook “Hello”

True Caller was a well-known moniker for caller ID solution. Now, the service is up for competition against Hello. It’s not a start-up but Facebook owned app that unveiled its launch on 23rd April. The service ties up closely with the social networking giant and so you can find some its functionality incorporated here.

Hello, for instance, pulls caller Id information and Facebook profile details so long he keeps the default privacy settings of his account unchanged.  This shortcoming translates into a major weakness since scores of users often do change their privacy settings. The service instantly matches numbers to Facebook profiles and gives you information about whom you’re talking to and just like TrueCaller, it identifies commonly blocked numbers.

The app is rolling out in Brazil, Nigeria and US for public testing and will be available only on Android.

Key Features:

  1. It uses Facebook to identify callers so you know who’s calling, even if you haven’t stored their contact information.
  2. It houses a powerful search feature that’s useful in finding the numbers of local businesses.
  3. It makes it easy to prevent unwanted callers from ringing your phone.

Overriding all the privacy concerns around the app, Facebook’s Andrea Vaccari, the apps product manager says, “When you get a call, Hello will show you info about who’s calling you, even if you don’t have that number saved in your phone. You will only see info that people have already shared with you on Facebook.”

Hello will be available in the Google Play store as a free download.

Source: TWCN

Facebook launches Facebook Lite for low configuration devices

Facebook is working on an app called Facebook Lite, which is optimized for low configuration Android devices. Facebook Lite launched in a limited number of countries across Asia and Africa over the weekend. Depending on the app’s feedback, Facebook Lite may expand to other countries.

The Facebook Lite app is only 252 KB, a size that is substantially lower than the 70.1MB Facebook iOS app and the 25MB Facebook Android app. Facebook Lite also works well on 2G Internet connections. The Facebook Lite app is based on Facebook’s feature phone client called Snaptu. Facebook Lite runs on Android 2.2 devices and up.

If you’re in one of the aforementioned eight countries where Facebook Lite has launched — and you have an Android phone — then you can download it from here.

The app has already crossed 10,000 downloads at the time of writing, with a 4.6 rating from an initial 788reviewers. The few early users tweeting about it seem impressed too.


Facebook and Instagram Down Right Now

Many users experiencing problem connecting to Facebook & Instagram via web and mobile app.

It’s not clear what’s causing the outage, which first occurred around 1:10am ET.

But, Facebook mobile messaging service WhatsApp is running as usual.


Facebook’s Year in Review feature: Create a beautiful post remembering 2014

After playing around with ‘Say Thanks’ videos, and the ‘Lookback’ video at the end of 2013, be prepared for a new kind of auto-generated post to fill your News Feed on Facebook. This year’s Facebook Year in 2014 will let you share your most special moments in the form of a beautiful post. You can create your own Facebook Year in review flashback post by going here.

Already, we’ve noticed that quite a few of these posts are doing the rounds on the News Feeds on the site. According to The Next Web, the feature was mobile-first but we managed to create such posts from the desktop/PCs, so clearly it’s no longer just mobile.

The Year in Review this time, lets you get create a post with photos, statuses based on the months that they were shared. If you’ve shared more photos or life events in some months, those are likely to get displayed more prominently. You can also choose the background setting for your Year in Review post and also remove pictures or posts if you don’t want them inside.

You can also choose two pictures with which to start and end the post. There’s a button at the bottom which will let you customise. Additional descriptions for each particular set of photos can also be added.

Once you’re happy with your changes, you can then share it on Facebook wall. The post can viewed on both mobile and desktop, though the mobile version is much better and fluid as you can just swipe down quickly to see each update.

Compared to last year’s video, this post style actually seems better. It’s cleaner, more intuitive and without sappy music, which makes it a big plus on the videos. In addition, the design of the entire format is pretty sharp and you don’t mind going through all the posts. We’ll have to wait and see on how many people end up creating these and given how successful last year’s video was, this year should be no different.

Facebook launches ‘Stickered for Messenger’ app, allows users to add stickers on friends’ faces

Facebook has launched a new app that lets users put huge emoticons and cute cartoons over your friends’ faces with ease. The app called ‘Stickered for Messenger’ was launched in the Google Play store on Saturday, and is coming soon to the iOS App Store.

The app centres around how users can add charming and cute emoticons to their photos and send them to their friends on Facebook. Stickered for Messenger app includes 52 categories of emoticons and does not require a Facebook login.

“Stickers and photos are two of the most popular ways that people express themselves on Messenger. This is a fun experiment to see how people combine the two,” the company said. The new app is developed by Facebook’s Creative Labs mobile design studio and it is the first companion app for Messenger.

The app will allow you you to put as many stickers as you like. You can stick them on before or after you snap a photo. It even allows you to add captions to an image. You can add these stickers to the images saved in your gallery too.

Recent reports suggest that Facebook has started rolling out an update which will automatically enhance the photos you upload from your mobile device. The Facebook app for mobile previously gave users the option to add filters and select the auto-enhance button when uploading pictures from their smartphones. The update has already started rolling out for iOS and Android devices are expected to get the update soon.