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Facebook HACKED: 50 MILLION accounts ! Featured

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Facebook has today revealed a huge data breach that affected 50 million accounts worldwide. Attackers managed to exploit a feature that allowed them to take over scores of Facebook user accounts. The social networking giant has said they have fixed the vulnerability and informed officials. In a post online Guy Rosen, Facebook’s VP or Product Management, said: “On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, our engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts.

“We’re taking this incredibly seriously and wanted to let everyone know what’s happened and the immediate action we’ve taken to protect people’s security. “Our investigation is still in its early stages. Around 90 million Facebook users were forced to log out of their accounts today as a safety precaution after the breach was discovered. “But it’s clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted “View As”, a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else.

“This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. “Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app.” Rosen added: “This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code. It stemmed from a change we made to our video uploading feature in July 2017, which impacted “View As.”

“The attackers not only needed to find this vulnerability and use it to get an access token, they then had to pivot from that account to others to steal more tokens. “Since we’ve only just started our investigation, we have yet to determine whether these accounts were misused or any information accessed. “We also don’t know who’s behind these attacks or where they’re based. We’re working hard to better understand these details — and we will update this post when we have more information, or if the facts change. In addition, if we find more affected accounts, we will immediately reset their access tokens.”

Facebook is used by more than two billion people each month. WhatsApp and Instagram, also Facebook owned social networks, are also used by two billion users every month. The news comes hot on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year. In a statement in response to this, Facebook co-founder Mark Zucerkberg at the time said: “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.” Security experts have warned that the Facebook data breach could lead to a rise in phishing attacks from scammers trying to capitalise on it. Oz Alashe, CEO of cyber security platform CybSafe, said: “Facebook is going by the book notifying authorities as soon as it detected this vulnerability, and it should be applauded for its quick action.

“However, with a security issue as high profile as this one, it’s likely that phishing attacks will swiftly follow urging recipients to change their Facebook passwords via an email and then directing them to a malicious phishing site. “It’s important to be extra vigilant, to follow Facebook’s instructions on the site or app, but do not act on unsolicited emails unless you are able to verify the sender.”

Via Express.co.uk

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