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Over 50 million Facebook accounts were breached.

Over 50 million Facebook accounts were breached.

Over 50 million Facebook accounts were breached.

Over 50 million Facebook accounts were breached.

Tyler Burleson, Staff Writer

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Recently Facebook has experienced yet another hack to its system and software. This seemed to be a major security breach of users’ info and it is still unsure who the attackers were or what they hoped to gain. This attack exposed 50 million accounts, which is a rather large amount who have been affected. While they don’t know why the attack happened, Facebook force signed out 90 million people as a precaution and claimed to have fixed the issue. Facebook has also notified the FBI and other law enforcement agencies about the security breach.

The way this breach occurred was by the hackers taking advantage of Facebook’s “view as” feature. This feature lets the apps’ users view their Facebook page the way someone else would view it. The hackers then were able to take over the other accounts as if they were their own. They could view, post, and share anything they wanted. This would also allow the attackers to have access to users’ third-party services or sites that they accessed with their Facebook login. While the attackers had the ability to do all of this, it is still unsure if any information was stolen or used. The attack was the cause of three different bugs and first appeared back in July of 2017 when an update to Facebook video uploading feature was made.

The breach was first noticed through a major spike in user access on September 16, 2018 but not much was thought of it until an investigation was launched on September 25, 2018. Within two days both law enforcement was fully notified along with the breach fixed. Along with the fix Facebook reset everyone’s access token, which allow you to stay signed in, and unlinked any accounts which are also owned by Facebook. This is now classified as the largest hack Facebook has ever experienced.

 

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