It’s been that kind of year for the social media giant where it just can’t catch a break. In the latest, Facebook has said that it has suffered a data breach that has affected 50 million of its users- potentially.
Mark Zuckerberg has said that Facebook is working with the FBI to investigate the attack. He has further said that the company has not detected any unauthorized access but this may change. Zuckerberg posted a very long post on his official Facebook page mentioning the specifics of the breach. The CEO said that the security issue was patched up for now but is still investigating further into the matter to understand the extent of the breach.
Facebook has admitted that hackers will be able to access any third party apps that a user has logged into using their Facebook account. Linked Instagram accounts are among those which are affected.
As a precautionary measure, Zuckerberg has said that Facebook had to log out 50 million of its affected users. “These people will have to log in again to access their accounts again”. Those who are affected can expect to receive a message from Facebook which will intimate them of what has happened.
It was only last week when Facebook announced its initiative to help protect those campaigning for the upcoming mid-term elections. But with the latest cybersecurity compromise, we wonder how helpful its previous steps will be. Can we expect more meddling in these elections?