Facebook data breach, 50 million accounts have been compromised

Facebook Inc has discovered a security issue affecting about 50 million user accounts the company said

Facebook has admitted having a "security issue" with almost 50 million accounts which had their "access tokens" compromised.

Our investigation is still in its early stages.

Rosen said they've fixed the vulnerability and informed law enforcement.

Jake Williams, a security expert at Rendition Infosec, said the stolen access tokens would have likely allowed attackers to view private posts and probably to post status updates or shared posts as the compromised user, but not passwords.

The spokesperson added in the statement: 'We're also taking the precautionary step of resetting access tokens for another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a "View As" look-up in the past year.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the Associated Press the company doesn't know yet whether hackers who exploited the security vulnerability have misused any of the user account information. Source of the attack and who was behind it also remain unidentified, according to Facebook.

"In addition, if we find more affected accounts, we will immediately reset their access tokens".

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Facebook said yesterday they had discovered a data breach in which hackers had stolen "access tokens" to force their way into tens of millions of accounts. Fortunately, however, passwords remain unaffected, meaning users don't necessarily need to change them following the breach. View As allows Facebook users to see how their profile appears to other users.

While Facebook has said users do not need to reset their password information, you may still want to do a security review of your password information on Facebook, as well as check in case anything has been changed on your account.

So, Facebook just admitted to a major security issue.

Facebook, therefore, automatically logged out nearly 50 million potentially compromised accounts as an extra precautionary measure.

"People's privacy and security is incredibly important, and we're sorry this happened", Rosen added. "View As" was also turned off during the investigation.

Facebook recommends users visit the Security and Login page of its website to check to see which devices are logged into their account.

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