"Police admit to arresting journalist after publishing security story"
A reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald was arrested for covering a talk during an IT security conference on Tuesday. The arrest was confirmed by the journalist himself, Ben Grubb, and the Queensland Police. Based on available information, the arrest was likely used to obtain any information used by Grubb for his story, which was stored on his confiscated iPad.
The story Grubb published was based on a talk given during BSides Australia, which took place alongside the AusCERT conference. During the talk, security expert Christian Heinrich demonstrated how he was able to guess the URL needed in order to obtain private photos posted on Facebook.
As proof, he obtained images of an alleged rival's wife, HackLabs director Chris Gatford. In addition, he leveraged Flickr's API to obtain images of Gatford and one of his children. Out of respect, the child's image was obstructed.
According to Grubb's report, "The presentation has caused many in the security industry to question whether the example demonstrated was 'unethical', especially as it's well-known among the security community that Heinrich and Gatford do not enjoy each other's company."
The talk's aim was to prove that no matter how strict the security settings are, content posted to social networks is never truly secure.
"That was because Facebook and many other social networking websites used what is known as a content delivery network (CDN), which usually operates outside a social network's own servers to deliver content quickly," Grubb reported.
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