Last week, it was revealed that 50 million Facebook users accounts had been compromised in the biggest hack ever recorded, laying weight to the notion of why hundreds of thousands of people have stopped using the social media platform. However, it’s now been revealed that not only were Facebook accounts hacked, but also Tinder, Instagram and Spotify accounts were exposed to the malicious activity.
Can we now at least say that life was surely better in the nineties? Anyway, Facebook revealed that hackers may have been able to access other services, and that the Facebook owned photo-app, Instagram, may have also been affected. So much for your privacy in this day and age, eh?
The security breach affected 50 million accounts, and now firms using Facebook’s login service, such as Tinder, may now reveal if they have been exposed to the malicious activity. Yes, the hackers may have been able to access any service that a person uses their Facebook logins to access.
This now means that all firms using Facebook’s login services into their apps will have to find out if they’ve also been exposed to the hack, which affected even Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and COO, Sheryl Sandberg.
Never has social media sharing felt like an intrusion of privacy, more so than now, since the discovery of the security breach, which saw hackers exploit the ‘View As’ feature, that enables people to see what their profiles look like to other users.
The still unidentified hackers took advantage of a feature in the code called ‘Access Tokens’ in order to take over people’s accounts, giving them access to private messages, photos, and posts. Facebook insists that there was no evidence that this had been done.
This latest Facebook scandal is the newest setback for the previously much loved social media platform, that’s still recovering from Cambridge Analytica ordeal, which saw 87 million users’ data shared with the research firm without their knowledge.
Business Insider reports that it is not yet clear whether hackers have used Facebook login service to access other apps, but it’s now more likely that they will carry out their own independent investigations.
To easily identify whether your Facebook account could have been apart of the recent hacking, you will have had to have been logged out of your account between the 27th and 28th of September. If you automatically were logged out, then you were probably were hacked.
Facebook is now working with the FBI to conduct further investigations to determine whether the affected accounts had been misused or accessed, but Mark Zuckerberg insists that passwords and credit card information was not intercepted.
After the security breach which was discovered last week, Facebook logged out 90 million people out of their accounts as a security measure, but only yesterday, it was revealed in a shocking report that Facebook logins were being sold on the Dark Web for $3.90 each, which would contradict Mark Zuckerberg’s claims that no user passwords were compromised.
Email logins alternatively sell for as $2.70 on the dark web, whereas someone’s entire online life could be available for just $970, including usernames, passwords and email addresses.
Money Guru carried out a research, exemplifying that these sorts of personal details were often sold to companies that pursue targeted online advertising.
The researchers wrote, “There are few better ways to gain insight into someone’s life than their social media accounts.”
“These details are frequently stolen to sell to companies with little scruples about targeted advertising.”
“It’s also a fast track to identity theft as they can take control of your accounts, lock you out and cause serious reputational damage in a short space of time.”
Experts are now concerned about whether Facebook can effectively manage users’ data safely, with Justin Fier of Darktrace telling Reuters, “‘The implications of this are huge.”
This recent breach could also cause problems for Facebook within regard to EU privacy laws, saying they have informed the Irish Data Protection Commission about the breach; a step required by Europe’s GDPR regulations.
Back in the U.S., Virginia Senator Mark Warner called the hack “deeply concerning”, and asked for a full investigation, stating, “Today’s disclosure is a reminder about the dangers posed when a small number of companies like Facebook or the credit bureau Equifax are able to accumulate so much personal data about individual Americans without adequate security measures.”
“This is another sobering indicator that Congress needs to step up and take action to protect the privacy and security of social media users. As I’ve said before – the era of the Wild West in social media is over.”
So there you have it! When was the last time you actually logged into your Facebook account, hmm? Now would probably be a good time to do so, just to check that everything is okay. Apart from that, is there any real point unless to check if you were hacked? We think not! It may just be time to save all your old photos on your computer and simply delete Facebook!
Story by The Narrator
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