Social media giant Facebook has admitted that the personal information of millions of its users was stolen by hackers on Friday.
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg reported that the company lost the info for 50 million Facebook users.
As LifeZette reported:
“We’re taking it really seriously,” Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s CEO and founder said in a public statement regarding the new breach. “We have a major security effort at the company that hardens all of our surfaces.”
He continued, “I’m glad we found this. But it definitely is an issue that this happened in the first place.”
Over 90 million Facebook users were logged out of their accounts on Friday morning and forced to log back in — a standard procedure when the company has a security breach.
Facebook is still in the beginning stages of an investigation and has yet to identify the attackers.
“We also don’t know who’s behind these attacks or where they’re based,” Facebook’s vice president of product management, Guy Rosen, wrote in a public statement.
“We’re working hard to better understand these details — and we will update this post when we have more information, or if the facts change. In addition, if we find more affected accounts, we will immediately reset their access tokens.”
The hackers used a glitch in the company’s code that allowed them to take over people’s accounts. The bug was in a new “View as” feature from the social media company. The feature allows users to view their own profiles as if they were different people. The feature was meant to be a new security measure for the site.
Facebook claims that it had found the breach on Tuesday and by Friday had reset everyone’sFacebook account to the login page.
It is probably a good time to go change your password, Facebook users.
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