Want a job with Facebook?

At a presentation from this week’s Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Facebook security chief Max Kelly said more and more staff members are being assigned to the role of stopping hackers.

The social networking giant, which now has 400 million registered users, faces a constant barrage of scams from cyber criminals looking either to spam users or steal their data.


According to a story from the IDG News Service, Kelly said Facebook’s security team has risen from just a few people in 2005 to as many as 10 per cent of its 1,200 employees.


IDG’s Jeremy Kirk reports that:


Facebook's security teams tends to worry less about vulnerabilities, focusing instead on the actual attacks, Kelly said. It allows Facebook to focus on the individuals behind the attacks and trying to frustrate those attackers.


The site is also rewarding individuals who responsibly disclose security problems by giving them credit on its security page. “If it's a really good hack, we'll probably end up hiring you,” Kelly said.


I’d say it’s a good time to start brainstorming ways to make Facebook safer. It seems like a lot of these social networking sites are listening nowadays.


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