50 Million Facebook Accounts Hacked

Facebook just announced that 50 million user accounts have been hacked and user profiles have been compromised by the hackers.

If you’re one of the active Facebook users, it is highly recommended to change your password and security settings right away.

Announced by a Facebook security post by Guy Rose, VP of Product Management at Facebook. From the post:

On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, our engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. We’re taking this incredibly seriously and wanted to let everyone know what’s happened and the immediate action we’ve taken to protect people’s security.

Our investigation is still in its early stages. But it’s clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted “View As”, a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app.