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Facebook hack: 30 million accounts compromised, how to check if your account was affected

Facebook again issued an apology as part of the update adding that the privacy of the users is “incredibly important”.

  • Published: October 15, 2018 1:22 PM IST
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Social media giant Facebook has issued an important update regarding the recently reported hack. According to this new update the company has determined that the hackers were able to access account information from “approximately 30 million” users. The company again issued an apology as part of the update adding that the privacy of the users is “incredibly important” to Facebook. The company added that the security vulnerability that was the cause of the hack was caused “by the complex interaction of three bugs” in the system. With the help of this issue, the hackers were able to get access to the access tokens that act like digital keys.

For context, Facebook uses access tokens to “request certain information” through its platform. As a precautionary measure, the company invalidated the access tokens of “almost 90 million accounts” that were suspected to be impacted by the security flaw. As previously reported, this action logged out the “90 million” Facebook users from their accounts and there was no need to change the passwords of the account. As part of the update, the company added that it started notifying the potentially affected users who were logged out about why they were logged out of their accounts.

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The company added that the attack started from September 14 and went on till September 27. Attackers were able to access the name, phone numbers, and email addresses of about 15 million Facebook users of the total number. The scope of the information accessed increased to include biographical information such as the username, gender, language, relationship status, religion, hometown, current city, birth date, education and work information, last 10 places the user checked in, website, pages and people followed, 15 recent searches, and even the type of devices used to access the platform. For the rest 1 million users, no data was leaked out.

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It is obvious that if you were recently logged out of your Facebook account, it is likely that you are interested in checking out if your data was affected. The company has got you covered there as you can check if you were affected by visiting the help center. on fb.com/help/securitynotice. Once you are on the page, head to the “Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?” section at the bottom of the page.

This will give users a clear “Yes” or “No” answer about the answer along with the details that may have been leaked on the internet if the answer is “Yes”. Facebook is also rolling out the updated banner on the top of the News Feed of the affected users.

  • Published Date: October 15, 2018 1:22 PM IST