Friday, September 28, 2018

50 million Facebook accounts 'breached'

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Facebook admitted today that as many as 50 million accounts have “security issue” (attacked) as their “access tokens” were compromised. The social media giant said as a temporary "precaution" it has  "reset tokens" for about 40 million accounts.

According to the company, users would be required to re-enter their passwords. It is not yet clear which countries were most affected. The issue was discovered by engineers on Tuesday. Hackers have been able to fetch the so-called “access tokens” – digital keys, which allow a user to stay logged into Facebook and to not re-enter their passwords each time they use the application.

“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,” the tech giant said in a statement.

The vulnerability has been already fixed, according to Facebook, and the “View As” feature has been temporarily disabled.

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