Facebook says security breach affected 50 million accounts

Facebook has announced that some 50 million accounts have been impacted by a major security breachMore

Facebook has revealed a security breach which potentially allowed hackers to take over 50 million accounts.

The social media giant made the announcement Friday afternoon, saying its engineering team discovered a security issue on Tuesday.

Rosen said they've fixed the vulnerability and informed law enforcement. These security tokens are like digital keys which keep users logged into Facebook so they don't have to re-login every time they visit the website. View As allows Facebook users to see how their profile appears to other users. Facebook also says there is no need to change your password.

The security flaw apparently is so grave that it allows a potential hacker to take control of a Facebook account.

Facebook said hackers exploited a software flaw to access the records of nearly 50 million customers.

If your account was affected, Facebook will notify you in a message at the top of your News Feed when you log back in to explain what happened.

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It is not clear whether the affected accounts were misused or had information accessed.

Facebook says it doesn't know who was behind the attacks or where they're based. Facebook has temporarily disabled the "View As" feature and has also said that this issue resulted due to a change they made to their video uploading feature past year in July.

The company said that it doesn't yet know whether the breach was used by anyone to access information from those 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

While Facebook is investigating, the "View As" feature has been disabled temporarily. "It's why we've taken immediate action to secure these accounts and let users know what happened".

Facebook says if your account is part of that 90 million-wide net, you'll need to log out and then log back in.

We'll update this post as we get more information, but in the meantime it's probably a good idea to change your Facebook password and check your security settings just in case. Moreover, the users will also be logged out from all the apps that use Facebook's account to be logged into.

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