Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Facebook Sued in California Over Hack of 50 Million Accounts

Facebook Sued in California Over Hack of 50 Million Accounts

Personal information of 50 million accounts has been compromised according to Facebook, and they have taken the necessary steps to protect any further attack through the same mechanism.

"The access token enables someone to use the account as if they were the account holder themselves".

Mr Zuckerberg also wrote a post on his Facebook account regarding the matter.

It has not revealed whether other services which people use their Facebook log-ins for - such as Tinder and Spotify - have also been affected.

It's all thanks to a major screw-up in Facebook's code.

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Moreover, you can uninstall the Facebook app and re-install it later, for that will ensure your old authentication tokens are lost. Does this mean my password has been compromised?

"We will be making enquiries with Facebook and our overseas counterparts to establish the scale of the breach and if any United Kingdom citizens have been affected". These "tokens" were used to access posts, private messages or let the hacker post anything through the accounts.

Unsurprisingly, hackers used this bug to create access tokens for 50 million users across the site. Simply put, you can log out or initiate a security audit on your device and account. Two-factor authentication involves the use of a one-time password as you try to log into your account.

The hack allowed attackers to convince these websites that they were already logged in - sneaking onto your account under the radar.

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"We can not say with absolute surety what went wrong until Facebook shares more information", said Prakash. Simply follow the instructions and analyse all devices from which you had logged into your account previously.

This can include usernames, passwords, email addresses and any personal details associated with your account including name, address and phone numbers.

Access tokens are digital keys that keep you signed in once you have logged into your Facebook account.

"While this information was supposed to be protected, Facebook, without authorization, exposed that information to third parties through lax and non-existent data safety and security policies and protocols".

And even if you weren't hacked yourself, messages you sent to people who were hacked may still be caught up in the hack. A breakdown of how Facebook spotted the breach is available in this ZDNet article, here. It would be disingenuous to pretend that the concerns driving the backlash against Facebook are totally bipartisan, but the network has tread well into unsafe territory - and if it turns out attackers gained access to and misused sensitive user data, it could get much worse, quickly. But it wasn't until mid-September that Facebook noticed an uptick in unusual activity, and not until this week that it learned of the attack, Rosen said.

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"As an industry until we can start making cybercrime unprofitable for adversaries, they will continue to hold the cards that will yield potentially massive payouts". There you will see a hyperlinked text saying "Where you're logged in".

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