50 million users have been affected in a recent Facebook hack
Millions of Facebook accounts have been affected in a recent hack and Facebook doesn’t know who’s behind the attack
Friday Facebook announced that unknown hackers obtained access to 50 million Facebook user accounts. And this is just a few days after the tech giant announced that hackers were taking over users’ accounts. Although Facebook still isn’t clear who exactly is behind the attack, Guy Rosen, Facebook’s VP of Product Management has said, “Our investigation is still in its early stages. 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.”
Facebook held a press conference call Friday morning, where Rosen said, "Since we’ve only just started our investigation, we have yet to determine whether these accounts were misused or any information accessed." CEO Mark Zuckerberg added that "Security is an arms race,” and while the company is still in the early stages of investigating the issue, Facebook has said that it has already fixed the vulnerability and that some 90 million accounts may find themselves logged out of the site. If you’re looking to take a precaution against the attack, then be sure to visit the “Security and Login” section in settings, it "lists the places people are logged into Facebook with a one-click option to log out of them all."
What a week for Facebook security. All of this happened just shortly after Taiwanese hacker Chang Chi-yuan declared that he was going to delete Zuckerberg’s Facebook account later this week. Let us know if your Facebook page has been affected in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more Facebook security updates and other entertaining reads.