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Facebook Data Breach 2018: What 50 Million Users Should Know

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A recent hack is the Facebook data breach 2018 that the company’s users will remember.

Facebook Data Breach 2018: What 50 Million Users Should Know

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Here’s what users of the social media network need to know about the Facebook data breach 2018.

  • The company says that nearly 50 million accounts were hit in this recent data breach.
  • The data breach was the result of hackers finding and exploiting three different security vulnerabilities on Facebook.
  • This let the hackers steal access tokens for users’ accounts.
  • These access tokens are what allow Facebook users to remain logged into the service between browsing sessions.
  • The main vulnerability has to do with the “View As” feature on Facebook.
  • This feature allows users to see their own accounts as if they are someone else.
  • As a result of the Facebook data breach 2018, the company is temporarily disabling this feature.
  • It is also resetting the access tokens for some 90 million users.
  • This includes the 50 million in the hack, as well as another 40 million that have used the View As feature in the last year.
  • Users that are affected by the Facebook data breach 2018 will have to sign back into their accounts.
  • However, these users don’t have to worry about changing their passwords.
  • According to Facebook, it learned of this data breach on Sept. 25, 2018 and immediately took action to fix the vulnerabilities.
  • It also notes that it has informed law enforcement agencies about the incident.
  • At this time, the social media company still doesn’t know who was behind the attack.

You can follow this link to learn more about the Facebook data breach 2018.

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