Facebook admits to security breach affecting 50 MILLION users
- Facebook on Friday admitted a security breach that affected 50 million users
- Firm logged about 90 million users out of their account as a security measure
Facebook has discovered a security issue affecting about 50 million user accounts, the company said on Friday.
The social media giant said attackers stole Facebook access tokens through its ‘view as’ feature, which they could then use to take over people’s accounts.
As a result of the breach, the firm has logged roughly 90 million people out of their accounts as a security measure.
The social media giant said attackers stole Facebook access tokens through its ‘view as’ feature, which they could then use to take over people’s accounts
In a blog post, Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of product management said the firm is taking the breach ‘incredibly seriously.’
‘View as’ is a feature that allows users to see what their own profile looks like to someone else.
‘Since we´ve only just started our investigation, we have yet to determine whether these accounts were misused or any information accessed,’ the company said in a blog post.
Facebook shares fell 3 percent to $163.78 in afternoon trading.