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Orange High School music teacher Christine Mickle. image www.mymusicfiles.net

Orange High School [Australia] music teacher Christine Mickle. Photo: Central Western Daily

If there’s one lesson that’s been learned thanks to the rise of social media it’s this: “be careful what you tweet”. Former NSW Orange High School student Andrew Farley learned this the hard way when he was ordered to pay $105,000 for defaming his high school music teacher Christine Mickle on Twitter and Facebook.


Henry Sapiecha

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Private photos of facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg uploaded to his Facebook have leaked oot into the public internet following the discovery of yet another security flaw, one of the many that have plagued the social networking website since its inception in February 2004.

The flaw, which Facebook has acknowledged, appears to have first been posted about on a body building forum along with step-by-step instructions on how to obtain access to the private photos of any Facebook user.

The forum post has since been deleted and upon discovering the security flaw, Facebook said it “immediately disabled the system” used to obtain private photos and would only “return functionality” once it had confirmed a fix.

The flaw “allowed anyone to view a limited number of another user’s most recently uploaded photos irrespective of the privacy settings for these photos”, Facebook said in a statement, and was “the result of one of our recent code pushes”.

It was live for “a limited period of time”, it added.

One of the photos extracted from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s profile shows him holding a chicken upside down as if it were dead. Another shows him holding two plates, one with what looks to have battered chicken on it and the other, thinly-sliced potato chips.

If reports of Mr Zuckerberg only eating meat he has killed are anything to go by, it’s likely the chicken was slaughtered.

Other photos show him with “Beast”, his fluffy white dog, and girlfriend Priscilla Chan at their home.

There are also photos of Mr Zuckerberg with friends while eating and drinking, with US President Barack Obama and with children in costumes, likely taken during Halloween in the US.

Facebook has had a long history of access control vulnerabilities, especially around unauthorised access to photos, said Ty Miller, chief technology officer at the Australian security firm Pure Hacking.

In December 2009 a privacy overhaul of the social networking site saw almost 300 photos of Mr Zuckerberg and his friends as well as his calendar and wall posts made public to even non-friends. His access privileges were revised to “friends of friends” following reports of the photo treasure trove.

“Facebook users should expect variations of this type of security flaw to continue into the future,” Mr Miller said. “As a precaution Facebook users should ensure that they only upload content … that won’t negatively impact them if it is leaked.”

He added that the social networking giant should ensure that penetration tests were performed on all updates to the site to ensure that vulnerabilities like the recent one were detected prior to being released to the public.

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Duncan Bannatyne,

star of British television show Dragons’ Den, has caused a Twitter storm after offering £50,000 ($75,000) to anyone who would break both arms of a tweeter who threatened his daughter.

The 62-year-old Scot offered a £25,000 reward to anyone who could identify the tweeter calling himself @YuriVasilyev, to be doubled “if his arms were broken”.

The self-made millionaire quickly removed the post from his Twitter page, replacing it with another softer message promising “£30,000 reward for info leading to his arrest”.

Duncan Bannatyne offered a reward to anyone who would break the arms of a tweeter who threatened her daughter.Duncan Bannatyne offered a reward to anyone who would break the arms of a tweeter who threatened his daughter. 

Bannatyne received a message three days ago, saying: “I’m looking for a £35,000 investment to stop us hurting your Hollie Bannatyne. We will bring hurt and pain into your life. We are watching her. She is very attractive. Want photos?”

Another message said: “Duncan Bannatyne – Hollie is going to get hurt. We will bring pain and fear. You should have expected us. We are the men of Belarus.

“We do not give up. We will stand tall. You should have paid. £35,000 to stop it. Contact us to pay. We are watching. Expect us. We are the men of Belarus.”

Despite the messages, Bannatyne later said he suspected the sinister tweeter was based in Moscow.

“My family is well protected but I take any threat to them very seriously and will do all I can to ensure the person or people involved are caught,” Bannatyne said in a statement.

Dragons’ Den airs on Foxtel in Australia.


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