Facebook Security Breach: Up To 50 Million Accounts Accessed

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Facebook has been in the news a lot as of late, but the newest bomb could cost them: up to 50 million accounts on the social media site were breached by hackers. 

Nearly 50 million users could have been breached due to a security issue on the social media site and it's new "View As" feature. CEO and founder, Mark Zuckerberg is currently working with the FBI on their investigation of this breach. 

"On Tuesday, we discovered that an attacker exploited a technical vulnerability to steal access tokens that would allow them to log into about 50 million people’s accounts on Facebook," claimed Zuckerberg in a recent post on his personal Facebook page.

According to Facebook, the "View As" feature had three bugs that enabled potential hackers to gain critical access tokens. These are digital keys that enable users to stay logged onto their accounts without having to re-enter their information each time they go on the site. 

Because of the breach, Facebook made around 90 million different users log back into their Facebook accounts on September 28.

For now, there's no clear indication of whose accounts were breached or who could have been performing the attack. 

Rest assured, this event isn't something that can affect businesses, nor the bank accounts of individual users. It's still recommended that data centers and other IT security managers upgrade their equipment every three to five years

According to Facebook, no credit card information was breached, however, keeping the bank accounts and credit for millions of users safe in the meantime.

In response, Facebook is doubling their current security team from 10,000 to 20,000 employees. They have also suspended the "View As" feature but claimed that there is no need to update or change passwords for those who use the social media app and site. 

For the users who were forced to log back into their accounts, it's reported that they will get a notification at the top of their news feed explaining the situation. 

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