Facebook Scrambles to Provide Breach Info to Regulators

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

The View As feature will let you preview that post as if you were that colleague and then as if you were any of your other Facebook friends so that you can be assured of the privacy changes that you've made to that post.

For the owners of the affected accounts, and of another 40 million that Facebook considered at risk, the first order of business may be a simple one: sign back into the app. Facebook logged everyone out of all 90 million accounts in order to reset digital keys the hackers had stolen - keys normally used to keep users logged in, but which could also give outsiders full control of the compromised accounts. "Even my Facebook account got compromised (logged out)".

Facebook announced Friday that 50 million accounts were affected by a security breach on September 25.

According to the social networking firm, attackers exploited three vulnerabilities in Facebook's code related to the "View As" feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else.

There are rules regarding the reporting of such a breach and so far Facebook has stuck to them.

"We face constant attacks from people who want to take over accounts or steal information around the world", Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page.

"This case involves the continuing and absolute disregard with which Defendant Facebook, has chosen to treat the PII of account holders who utilize Facebook's social media platform", the lawsuit reads.

Facebook said it fixed the flaw and notified law enforcement of the hacking.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on May 1, 2018 in San Jose, California.

"We are concerned at the fact that this breach was discovered on Tuesday (last week) and affects many millions of user accounts but Facebook is unable to clarify the nature of the breach and the risk for users at this point", the regulator was quoted as saying.

Do you work at Facebook? Two-factor authentication involves the use of a one-time password as you try to log into your account.

"It's always the company's responsibility to identify when United Kingdom citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and take steps to reduce any harm to consumers", said ICO deputy commissioner of operations, James Dipple-Johnstone.

According to Facebook, more than 120 million users had seen such content.

The hackers were also given complete access (as if they were you, effectively), and so could have accessed any part of your accounts. It is unclear how long the hackers will be able to use the access tokens to get into third party apps.

This can include usernames, passwords, email addresses and any personal details associated with your account including name, address and phone numbers. Zuckerberg has tried mightily to assure consumers and lawmakers that the site is doing everything in its power to protect personal information while tamping down on foreign meddling during elections.

If you were hacked, you'll have been logged out and received notification.

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