Social Network Security Lesson Spurs Arrest
DATA LOSS—QUEENSLANDMay 20, 2011
Queensland Police arrested a journalist after he wrote about vulnerabilities in Facebook privacy controls, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. No charges were filed, but police did retain Ben Grubb's iPad, the report states. The arrest stemmed from an IT security conference that included access to password-protected information on the social network. "I thought it made a great story--a flaw in the system that meant not everything you uploaded...was secure, even if placed behind a privacy-protected profile," Grubb explained. But, he wrote, to have his iPad, which "contains not only private but work-related information," confiscated was a "seriously alarming" consequence.