Facebook Attack Exposes Information of 50 Million Users


An attack on Facebook earlier this week exposed information of almost 50 millions users.

The company announced today that the attackers exploited a “View As” feature that lets users see their Facebook page the way someone else would, and potentially be used to take over accounts.

Facebook said it does not know who the attackers were or where they were based. However, according to the company they have fixed the issue and informed law enforcement. 

The company does not know if the affected accounts were misused in any way or if any of their information was actually accessed. 

The attackers also stole Facebook “access tokens” which keep a person logged into their account over long periods of time to avoid signing in every time. Facebook reset all 50 million accounts as well as tokens for an additional 40 million users are a “precautionary step.”

This is just the latest issue the company has faced with security breaches, privacy issues and misinformation in recent years.

“The reality here is we face constant attacks from people who want to take over accounts or steal information…we need to do more to prevent this from happening in the first place,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. “We’re going to keep investing very heavily in security going forward.”

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