90 million Facebook and Instagram accounts hacked late hours of Yesterday

In what has come as a shocking breach of user data, it was revealed yesterday that as many as 50 million Facebook accounts were hacked. It’s a big blow to the social media network giant’s reputation who was already reeling under the Cambridge Analytica scandal that broke out in March.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed about the breach in a Facebook post and claimed that the company wasn’t sure whether these accounts were “misused or not”. So what led to the data breach? How many accounts were affected and more importantly what can you do about it now. Here we will tell you all that needs to be known about the Facebook data breach

Facebook revealed that the breach took place because of its “View As” feature. The feature allows people to see how their profile looks to other people. Hackers targeted the code of this feature and stole “access tokens”. In other words, they used it to take over people’s accounts.

The feature was introduced sometime in July 2017. However, Facebook only discovered about the hack earlier this week. So it’s not clear when exactly the hack took place or for how long hackers had your data.

The feature was introduced sometime in July 2017. However, Facebook only discovered about the hack earlier this week. So it’s not clear when exactly the hack took place or for how long hackers had your data.

There are over 2 billion Facebook users out of which a total of 90 million accounts were affected. Out of these 50 million were hacked and the rest 40 million were “rebooted” as they too used the View as feature.

The social media company said that the bug which led to the hack has been patched. The user accounts now are safe, claims the company.

Facebook has said that if your account was hacked it will notify you. The notification message will appear on the top of your news feed, if your account was hacked.

According to a report by Wired, any account that you log into using your Facebook credentials might have been affected. So for instance, if you use Zomato or Instagram with your Facebook ID, those accounts might have been hacked as well.

Facebook is often used on multiple devices by its users. The company has advised that people should log out of all devices and log in again. While it hasn’t advised to change password, it’s better if you do it.

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