Facebook: 50 million accounts affected by massive hacking

Facebook: 50 million accounts affected by massive hacking

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Apparently, the attackers have taken advantage of a security hole in one of the functions of Facebook by which members can make their profile invisible to other users.

The famous social network Facebook has made public this Friday (28.09.2018) that discovered the massive attack last Tuesday (25.09.2018) and that these days has solved the problem. In addition, it has informed the authorities of what happened. Apparently, the attackers have taken advantage of a security hole in one of the Facebook functions by which Facebook members can make their profile invisible to other users. Specifically, it is the “See as” tool, which allows the user to observe their own profile as if it were someone else. It is not yet clear if the access of the hackers has led them to get information from the hacked accounts.  

In a statement, the social media giant explains that the company is treating the matter in an “extremely serious” way, although the investigation is still in its initial phase. According to Facebook, hackers exploited a “vulnerability” in the platform code that affected the “See as” tool. This allowed them to seize information, which could have been used by third parties, to connect to the accounts of affected Internet users, although the company still does not know if this is something that the hackers managed to do.

Immediate disconnection

“We are taking the matter extremely seriously and wanted to warn everyone about what happened and the immediate actions we have taken to protect the safety of the people,” the president and co-founder of Facebook said in a telephone press conference. , Mark Zuckerberg. Among the measures adopted by the company to respond to the attack, it proceeded to immediately disconnect all affected accounts that had activated the option to connect to Facebook without the need to enter the username and password. 

That is, those users who used to access the social network directly from their mobile application or from the computer and who kept their access codes stored directly on the network must enter them manually if they want to reconnect.

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