50 million Facebook accounts hacked: All questions answered

Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

On Friday, Facebook announced that they faced yet another data breach which led to the exposure of as many as 50 million accounts.

Social-media giant, Facebook shared that its company's engineers discovered the breach on Tuesday (25 September). This latest hack involved bugs in Facebook's "View As" feature, which lets people see how their profiles appear to others.

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A Facebook feature that allows a user to view their profile the way others would see it allowed hackers potential access to millions of accounts, the company revealed Friday. Resetting "the access tokens of the nearly 50 million accounts we know were affected to protect their security"; 3. The attackers used that vulnerability to steal access tokens from the accounts of people whose profiles came up in searches using the "View As" feature. "It is too early to reason about the extent of any possible leaks but access tokens, in principle, allow total control over user accounts, possibly also involving third party apps where the user has been logged via Facebook login", said Olejnik. Due to the breach, almost 90 million users were logged out of their accounts on the morning of last Friday.

Ireland's Data Protection Commission, which is Facebook's lead privacy regulator in Europe, said Saturday that it has demanded more information from the company about the nature and scale of the breach, including which European Union residents might be affected. Unidentified hackers manipulated the code of the social network and logged into several users account.

The company has also turned off the "View As" feature while it conducts a security review, but admitted it has yet to determine whether accounts were misused or any information accessed.

Access tokens are like digital keys that remind the website - and other linked services - that you're logged in.

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In Facebook's telling, everything goes back to 2013 when Russian-American researcher Aleksandr Kogan creates a personality prediction test app, "thisisyourdigitallife", which is offered on the social network. But it definitely is an issue that this happened in the first place.

People are anxious their personal information could have been stolen.

In 2011 it signed a consent decree with U.S. consumer protection agency the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settling charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then allowing it to be shared and made public.

On the conference call, Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management and the author of the aforementioned statement, said that the company is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and said they update law enforcement "when we learn about these interactions".

"The investigation is early, and it's hard to discover who is behind this".

Zuckerberg followed that up by saying the company is "taking it really seriously", but that he is "glad that we found this and we're able to the secure accounts".

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