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Last month, Facebook Security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack. This attack occurred when a handful of employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised. The compromised website hosted an exploit which then allowed malware to be installed on these employee laptops. The laptops were fully-patched and running up-to-date anti-virus software. As soon as we discovered the presence of the malware, we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day. We have no evidence that Facebook user data was compromised in this attack
In May, a lot of your Facebook friends and ours posted a “privacy notice” on their Walls that did nothing but make them look silly.
Yesterday, even more of them posted a “copyright notice” on their Walls that was equally meaningless.
In a few months, it will happen again.
Rossi’s main job is to oversee the Push, a daily exercise in which Facebook takes in hundreds of changes to its code from engineers, checks to make sure they’re good, and then adds them to Facebook.com. Over the years, Facebook has built a number of software tools that do the first round of checks on the code, leaving Rossi to manually inspect the additions with potential to cause the most problems.
Rossi, for example, has a bar to the left of his desk—a serious, full-on bar packed with scotch and tequila and whatever else you may want. The bottles are bribes from engineers trying to persuade Rossi to incorporate their changes into the Push.
There’s also what’s known as Push Kharma. This stems from profile pages tied to each engineer. Rossi can pull up someone’s name and see what code they have submitted. “Every developer is born with four stars to their name,” he says, pointing to a ranking system on the profile page. “If we have an issue when we take someone’s code—and it blows us out of the water—then it takes them down half a star and I write what happened,” Rossi says. The system has a thumbs-down indicator, a feature many Facebook users have long sought. “I am the only guy who has a’ dislike’ button on Facebook,” he says. “A lot of people want [one], but this is the only place you will see it.