Facebook Security Breach, 50 Millions Users Affected
Facebook Security Breach: Says 50 Million Accounts Affected
The company said it discovered the breach this week, finding that attackers had exploited a feature in Facebook’s code that allowed them to take over user accounts.
In a blog post , the facebook says hackers exploited its “View As” feature, which lets people see what their profiles look 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.
The company said it fixed the vulnerability and notified law enforcement officials.
To deal with the issue, Facebook reset some logins, so 90 million people have been logged out and will have to log in again. That includes anyone who has been subject to a “View As” lookup in the past year.
On post Facebook appolize for the breach incident and says -
People’s privacy and security is incredibly important, and we’re sorry this happened. It’s why we’ve taken immediate action to secure these accounts and let users know what happened.At the meantime user don't need tdo anything, but if they were facing any issues in logging back to account because they’ve forgotten their password — should visit Help Center page.