Related story: New Facebook Data Breach Affects 50 Million Users
Facebook has provided a link for those unsure if their accounts have been hacked in the latest security breach. Anyone concerned can check right here.
Between September 14 and 27, the hackers were able to exploit what Facebook calls “a vulnerability caused by the complex interaction of three bugs in our system.” The vulnerability affected a section of Facebook known as “View As.” “View As” typically allows Facebook users to see how their profiles in the same way a visitor would. With that information, the hackers were able to obtain information like phone numbers.
With an automated technique, the hackers were able to access the accounts of around 400,000 people. Using friend lists from these initial 400,000, the hackers were able to steal tokens from 30 million people.
Facebook says that it has been cooperating with the FBI, and has been asked not to publicly identify any potential suspect.
“We have been working around the clock to investigate the security issue we discovered and fixed two weeks ago so we can help people understand what information the attackers may have accessed,” says Guy Rosen, vice president of product management, writing in a blog post.
Facebook isn’t the only the only massive infrastructure with security problems these days. A recent report showed significant security flaws with the Department of Defense.
Originally posted on Popular Mechanics