Facebook Breach: 50 million users’ information exposed

(CNN) – An attack on Facebook discovered this week exposed information on nearly 50 million of the social network’s users, the company announced on Friday.

The attackers exploited a feature that lets users see their Facebook page the way someone else would. They could then potentially use it to take over the accounts. Facebook said it does know who the attackers were or where they were based. It also said it has already fixed the issue and informed law enforcement. More than 90 million users were forced to log out of their accounts on Friday for security reasons.

The company says it does not know if the affected accounts were misused in any way or if any user information was actually accessed. It has turned off the “View As” feature that the attackers exploited while it investigates. It believes the vulnerability appeared after it made a change to a video uploading feature in 2017.

The attackers stole Facebook “access tokens” which keep a person logged into their Facebook account over long periods of time so they don’t have to keep signing in. Facebook reset all 50 million, as well as tokens for an additional 40 million as a “precautionary step.”

The announcement is the latest issue for the company, which has struggled 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 during a call with reporters shortly after the announcement. “We’re going to keep investing very heavily in security going forward.”

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said in the past that fighting bad actors on the platform is a “never-ending battle.”

 

CNN

CNN

More News

STORMTRACKER 18 WEATHER
Osseo
27°
Menomonie
23°
Chetek
25°
Durand
27°
Ladysmith
26°
Neillsville
27°
Rice Lake
25°
New Richmond
25°
Black River Falls
28°
Medford
River Falls
27°
Duluth
26°
Green Bay
33°
La Crosse
30°
Madison
33°
Milwaukee
38°
Twin Cities
25°
Weather Outlook: Light snow, freezing drizzle through Wednesday

Weather Outlook: Light snow, freezing drizzle through Wednesday

This tricky weather pattern is about to move out as an Alberta Clipper low pressure system moves through tonight and

Connect With WQOW
Top Stories

Sex offender faces new charges in Eau Claire

A convicted sex offender living in Eau Claire is charged with two counts of first degree sexual assault of a

UPDATE: Middleton shooter was employee of business where he opened fire

The Middlelton Police department sent a phone message to residents about an active shooter.

UPDATE: 4 from Loyal, including 3 kids, killed in Apostle Island kayak incident

Sheriff Michael Brennan said Erik Fryman, 39, and his kids 3, 6 and 9-years-old died. The mom, Cari Mews, 29,

NEW: Missing Mondovi man found dead Wednesday afternoon

According to Mondovi Police Chief Colin Severson, the department is looking or Nathan D. Kummer who was reported missing by

UPDATE: Gas leak contained in Boyd

Boyd's fire chief told News 18 crews were digging up a leaking water line at Double D's Saloon and workers

Scroll to top
Skip to content