Facebook yesterday, on Friday, September 28th that a security vulnerability had led to an attack exposing the personal information of at least 50 million accounts.
WHAT DATA WAS COMPROMISED?
The current investigation is ongoing but so far indicates that the attackers stole Facebook access tokens that can then be used to take over a user’s account as if they are the account holder.
I HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT. WHAT DO I DO?
Facebook is notifying all potentially affected accounts, however, we strongly urge you to take precaution and update your Facebook password along with any accounts using the same or a similar password.
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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Facebook, the social media giant with over two billion monthly active users, reported yesterday that their engineering team discovered an attack on their systems that compromised the information of 50 million Facebook users.
As one of the leading data-collection agencies in the world, Facebook is nearly unrivaled in its depth and range of user data, and leverages that data to sell premium ad space to advertisers. In 2017, Facebook generated 98% of its global revenue through its advertising business.
That highly sensitive personal data of 50 million users is at risk, and an additional 40 million people may have been affected by the hack, according to Facebook.
The vulnerability, which exploited a flaw in Facebook’s “view as” feature, allowed hackers to gain control of around 50 million user accounts.
Facebook, to their credit and fully in compliance with GDPR, reported the attack—which took place on Tuesday, September 25th. They also by now have patched the vulnerability. They are currently investigating the nature of the attack in order to provide more information to those affected, and to prevent further hacks.
Can I secure my Facebook account ?
Yes, there was a breach. But, before we get into what happened, it’s important for you to take the following steps to secure your Facebook account.
Update your password immediately
“Because the extent of the hack is unknown, we recommend that everyone with a Facebook account updates their Facebook password, as well as any similar passwords that they use for other online accounts,” says Dashlane CEO Emmanuel Schalit. “Each of your online accounts should have a unique, complex password—this is especially true of accounts that contain sensitive personal information like social media accounts, banking accounts, and email accounts.”
I can’t remember so many different passwords
There are many password managers out there. You can use Dashlane, 1Password or another similar application. They will allow you to easily and securely store, manage, and fill passwords and personal information online automatically. Therefore, you can create unique, complex passwords for every account because your password manager remembers and types them for you.
“It is simple to create passwords with a Password Generator, by using password apps”, says Senior Analyst Jason from Ansnei
Add 2 factor for sensitive places
Don’t forget to add two-factor authentication to sensitive accounts.
As a reminder, we always recommend activating two-factor authentication on sensitive accounts to create an additional layer of security. Two-factor authentication is a second method of authentication beyond a password—for example, an email verification—that makes it harder for hackers to gain access to your accounts.
How did Facebook get hacked?
Facebook doesn’t have a ton of information to provide about the attack, but so far we know that the attack originated from a vulnerability in Facebook’s code around their “view as” feature, a feature that allows users to see what their profile looks like to someone else.
According to Facebook, this allowed hackers to “steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app.”
As of now, Facebook isn’t sure if any compromised accounts were misused or if any sensitive personal information was accessed. However, when it comes to hacks, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and be proactive about updating your compromised passwords.
Facebook is unsure who is behind these attacks or what their motive is.
What more can I do to stay safe online ?
First of all, keep reading our blog on Ansnei.com. Log in here at least once a month, or more frequently to look for updates. we will keep bringind you relevant updates, how-to’s, and what2do’s in the future.
We also will provide more sophisticated information for advanced white hackers, and others interested in cyber security.
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