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Facebook security breach allows hackers potential access to Tinder, Spotify & Instagram

Facebook security breach allows hackers potential access to Tinder, Spotify & Instagram”

These access tokens will give them (hackers) a free hand to all the data in their accounts.

In 2011 it signed a consent decree with USA consumer protection agency the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settling charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then allowing it to be shared and made public. Facebook said an investigation into the breach has only just begun. According to the statement from CEO Mark Zuckerburg, the Facebook team identified the issue on Tuesday and got it fixed by Thursday night.

If you are a user and are not aware of this security breach - reported by Facebook itself - then you definitely need to learn about it. It's also unclear exactly what information hackers may have accessed, though Facebook said passwords and payment information were not compromised.

The bug, which exploited flaws in the site's "View As" and video uploader feature to gain access to the accounts, forced Facebook to reset access tokens for 50 million users and reset those for 40 million others as a precaution.

Facebook began notifying users over the weekend of the breach, but it sent it out in the form of a notice posted at the top of news feeds titled "An Important Security Update" containing the same information sent to reporters. In addition, Facebook says they have taken a precautionary step to reset access token for another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a "View As" look-up in the a year ago.

Facebook has more than 2 billion users worldwide.

The company also advised users that changing their password is not necessary in this situation, but if anyone has trouble logging back into their accounts, they should visit their Help Centre.

Facebook is accused of having been lax in its protection of user data, slow to intervene and consistently vague on its privacy settings. Through this vulnerability, they were able to generate keys, access and dump tokens, and sign into user profiles without a password. But even if you were not impacted or logged out, here are some steps to keep in mind where security of your Facebook account as concerned.

The company has also reset the access tokens of the 50 million accounts that were known to have been breached, as well as 40 million accounts that have been subject to a "View As" look-up in the a year ago, as a precaution.

Noted Taiwanese hacker Chang Chi-yuan promised to delete Zuckerberg's account, telling his 26,000 followers that the event would be livestreamed on Facebook Live, according to The Verge.

It's wise to trash anything on your Facebook profile you don't want out in the open, experts say. You can also try deactivating your account for some time, as reactivating it will also grant new access tokens, while old tokens will automatically expire. If you find a device which you do not use anymore, click on the menu on the right-hand side and choose the log out option.



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