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New Facebook Breach Affects 50 Million Users

New Facebook Breach Affects 50 Million Users”

Facebook said attackers exploited code impacting the site's "View As" feature, which lets someone see what their profile looks like to another user.

Guy Rosen, from the California-based company, said hackers were able to "steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people's accounts". This bug allowed hackers to steal the security tokens of other users accounts and use these to then access that user's account.

The issue was discovered on Tuesday 25 September by the firm's engineering team and an investigation is ongoing. Furthermore, Facebook has also reset the access tokens of 50 Million accounts that were affected by this.

Facebook has also temporarily turned off the View As feature while it investigates. Fortunately, however, passwords remain unaffected, meaning users don't necessarily need to change them following the breach. It's also unclear who's behind the attack.

"People's privacy and security is incredibly important, and we're sorry this happened", said the company. These Facebook access tokens could be used to take over people's accounts and they did exactly this.

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. Almost 50 million people were affected by the hack, and Facebook reset the accounts of another 40 million users as a "precautionary step".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted Friday that the company was unsure whether the affected accounts were actually accessed.

Our investigation is still in its early stages. "I'm glad we found this, but it definitely is an issue that this happened in the first place".

That's a question many among Facebook's 2.2 billion monthly active users are undoubtedly asking, and it is hard to blame anyone who doesn't.

Facebook said it has already "fixed" the vulnerability and informed law enforcement. Given how Facebook spreads itself out over third-party applications, such as its log-on feature, this number is expected to reach much higher, however this remains speculation for the time being.

This week's breach adds to concerns that Facebook is collecting too much personal information and not looking after it properly. The implications of this breach included the data being used to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The company has said it will reset other accounts as needed that they find were affected.



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