Up to five million European Union accounts hit in Facebook breach

Up to five million European Union accounts hit in Facebook breach

Up to five million European Union accounts hit in Facebook breach

The Commission said it understands the number of European Union accounts hit was less than 10% of the 50 million affected by the breach. "More of that to come, we are in the process of investigating it", he said at the opening of Facebook's new office in Marina One in the Marina Bay area. Facebook is still facing a Federal Trade Commission investigation into whether several data breaches including the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a data-scraping incident that affected most of its 2.2 billion users violated a 2011 consent decree on user privacy, which could result in record fines of over a billion dollars.

Almost 50 million Facebook users are victims of a massive security breach.

The severity of this bug was that the attackers could continue using your Facebook account pretending to be the real account holders, as they had your access token to provide them actual authentication to your account. According to the statement from CEO Mark Zuckerburg, the Facebook team identified the issue on Tuesday and got it fixed by Thursday night.

In a call with reporters, Zuckerberg said that the company doesn't know yet if any of the accounts that were hacked were misused. The measure was taken with strict precaution and followed the standard protocol when a large amount of data is compromised.

Under GDPR, companies that don't do enough to safeguard their users' data risk a maximum fine of €20 million ($US23 ($32) million), or 4 per cent of a firm's global annual revenue for the prior year, whichever is higher.

Meanwhile, Facebook users are also given the option to link their FB accounts to other website logins for convenience.

"I won't be putting any information that I don't want people to see social media", Fernandez said. Facebook is trying to determine whether hackers tampered with posts or messages.

You may have noticed that when you log into your Facebook account once, a security key (access token) is generated, which helps the app to login to the user's account next time without a password. This latest hack involved bugs in Facebook's "View As" feature, which lets people see how their profiles appear to others.

What's more, if the victims logged into other services - like Tinder, Instagram, or Spotify - with their Facebook accounts, those might be affected to.

You can log into your Instagram account or some platforms with your Facebook account.

"This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code", Facebook disclosed, according to Newsmax. Possession of those tokens would allow attackers to control those accounts.

Attackers could then access personal information stored in users' Facebook accounts, and use such information in scams and phishing attempts.

On September 16, 2018 Facebook techs recorded an unexplained spike in traffic.

Just months ago, Zuckerberg found himself in the midst of yet another controversy when he discounted the words of an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier on his platform - even though Facebook has often taken harsh stances against hate speech aimed at Muslims and the LGBT community.

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