Another setback for Zuckerberg: Facebook admits to massive security breach affecting 50 million users

11:52 PM | 28 Sep, 2018
Another setback for Zuckerberg: Facebook admits to massive security breach affecting 50 million users
CALIFORNIA -  Facebook has apologized for a “security issue,” after discovering that hackers used a vulnerability in the platform’s code to steal other users’ ‘access tokens’ and log into their accounts. 50 million accounts were affected.

In a statement released on Friday, the company said that attackers could use Facebook’s “View As” tool - which lets a user see what their profile looks like to other users - to steal other users’ access tokens - digital keys that allow a user to stay logged into the social network without re-entering their password every time.

Attackers took advantage of a feature in the code, called 'Access Tokens,' to take over people's accounts.

As a result of the breach, the firm has logged roughly 90 million people out of their accounts earlier today as a security measure.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg penned a post on his personal Facebook page about the incident, saying the issue was 'patched last night' but that the firm is working with law enforcement, including the FBI, to continue to investigate the origins of the attack.

'On Tuesday, we discovered that an attacker exploited a technical vulnerability to steal access tokens that would allow them to log into about 50 million people's accounts on Facebook,' Zuckerberg wrote.

Access tokens don't include a user's password, but they do allow users to log into a Facebook account without needing it.

The attack marks the latest setback for Facebook, which is still recovering from the fallout over the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year, which saw some 87 million users' data shared with the research firm without their knowledge.

As a result, many users, experts and legislators have grown concerned about whether the firm can effectively manage and safeguard users' data.

Zuckerberg acknowledged in a statement to reporters that Facebook needs to take additional steps to prevent these kinds of issues from occurring.

'We face constant attacks from people who want to take over accounts or steal information,' Zuckerberg said in a call with reporters.

'We need to do more to prevent this from happening in the first place.'

Facebook doesn't know whether the accounts were misused and hasn't yet found any evidence of them being misused.

The revelation that the company has been using information, explicitly provided for security purposes, for targeted advertising has outraged many and further damages user trust in the social network.

Researchers also found evidence of the corporation using shadow contact information to target individuals with ads - something they had previously denied doing. This is data, such as a phone number, that has not been provided by the user to Facebook but is collected from their friends’ contacts list and shared with advertisers.

The writer is a staff member. He has been affiliated with Pakistan's leading English newspapers and worked as News Producer at FM 107.4. Death (as...he is a station, and death is a longest journey from seen to unseen world), Rain, and winter's Full Moon 'Jarray ki Chandani' always fascinate him too much.


Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 22, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.25 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.40 77.15
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65


Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Sign up for Newsletter