Google's YouTube Said to Be Hosting Videos on 'How to Hack Facebook'

Figurines are seen in front of the Facebook logo in this illustration

Figurines are seen in front of the Facebook logo in this illustration

Other companies haven't piped up to say if their user accounts have also been compromised, but it's likely many are still assessing the situation since Facebook made the case public on Friday evening.

The breach, which Facebook has said affected 50 million of its users, would have allowed hackers to log in as those people on Facebook and on apps and websites that allow SSO though Facebook.

"Users are not required to change their passwords, but people looking to log out of all the various places they're logged into their accounts can do so with a single click through the Security and Login section under the settings menu".

As another precaution, the company is also turning off the "View As" feature temporarily while it conducts a review. For instance, say you have a Gmail account.

Facebook said Friday it discovered a security breach that affects almost 50 million user accounts.

Rosen added that another 40 million users might have got exposed to similar attacks. Facebook is still facing a Federal Trade Commission investigation into whether several data breaches including the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a data-scraping incident that affected most of its 2.2 billion users violated a 2011 consent decree on user privacy, which could result in record fines of over a billion dollars.

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But we know of at least two high-profile victims in the data breach: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and COO Sheryl Sandberg.

"As a user, I want Facebook to proactively protect my data and let me know when it's compromised", he said. A spokeswoman for the company said it would respond to follow-up questions from Ireland's DPC and keep regulators up to date with its investigations.

To deal with the issue, Facebook reset some logins, so 90 million people have been logged out and will have to log in again.

"There was a loophole in Facebook's code for a feature called "View As" that let people see what their account looks like to someone else", Newsmax explained. Facebook acknowledged that not only had hackers obtained the ability to access Facebook accounts of affected users, they could also access any other service in which a Facebook account was used for registration.

The use of such information could make these scams and phishing attempts look more credible, said the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT), which issued an advisory for Facebook users last Saturday. You can also try deactivating your account for some time, as reactivating it will also grant new access tokens, while old tokens will automatically expire.

"Friday's disclosure is just the latest headache for Facebook, which has invested heavily in security measures following a series of privacy breaches and foreign meddling in the 2016 presidential election that have undercut its reputation and battered it on Wall Street", NASDAQ.com's Jon Swartz recounted. More importantly, this feature protects your account from any attackers, even if they have your password.

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