Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

What comes next in Facebook’s major data breach

What comes next in Facebook’s major data breach

Simply put, it lets Facebook users preview their own accounts.

A hacker - or hackers, as Facebook doesn't know the number - exploited several software bugs at once to obtain login access to as many as 50 million accounts.

More than 50 million users were affected by the breach that was reported on Friday.

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.

It is not a surprise that Facebook was hit with a class-action lawsuit after announcing its security breach on Friday. Resetting "the access tokens of the nearly 50 million accounts we know were affected to protect their security"; 3. But the benefit comes at a cost, all these platforms will share the same access credentials.

According to Business Insider, the security vulnerability also allowed hackers access to other social media accounts tied to the Facebook account, including Spotify, Instagram, AirBnB and Tinder.

Facebook has notified law enforcement authorities about the breach, and has also reset the access tokens of around 90 million users as a precautionary measure. So I guess there is no need to freak out, Facebook has got everything under its control now.

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Given the recent attention on Facebook by regulators within the USA and overseas, Kargathra said Facebook needed to demonstrate a robust approach to breach management that expressed a focus on the protection of user data and transparency of activities undertaken in response to the incident.

Facebook does know who it behind the attacks.

Ireland's Data Protection Commission has demanded more information from Facebook about the scope and nature of the breach to determine how many European Union residents were affected and the risk to users, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook's worst-ever security breach is a major blow to the company's effort to rebuild trust with users of the social network after a privacy scandal in March. 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.

That's why when you close the Facebook tab and open it up again later, you're still logged in. This will require those users to log back in to Facebook. It would be disingenuous to pretend that the concerns driving the backlash against Facebook are totally bipartisan, but the network has tread well into risky territory - and if it turns out attackers gained access to and misused sensitive user data, it could get much worse, quickly.

So it doesn't matter how strong your password was, or whether two-factor authentication was set up. This appears to be another event when Facebook has failed to protect its users. For instance, say you have a Gmail account. You can see devices as well as their current location, and in case you see any unknown locations or devices, you can simply click on the remove button. 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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