A class-action lawsuit has been proposed in Canada against Facebook following a security breach that put the accounts of tens of millions of users at risk. The engineers discovered the bug on September 25, 2018.
While Facebook has informed law enforcement authorities in the USA and communicated the breach to the Irish Data Protection Authority too, ET could not verify if any Indian authority has been notified.
In March this year the FTC said it had opened an inquiry into Facebook's privacy practices, including whether the company violated the earlier agreement, which would incur hefty fines. This latest hack involved bugs in Facebook's "View As" feature, which lets people see how their profiles appear to others. In addition, Facebook says they have taken a precautionary step to reset access token for another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a "View As" look-up in the a year ago.
Users don't need to change their Facebook passwords, it said, although security experts say it couldn't hurt to do so. Fixing the vulnerability and informing law enforcement; 2.
"We're also taking the precautionary step of resetting access tokens for another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a "View As" look-up in the previous year".
The company has also reset the access tokens of the 50 million accounts that were known to have been breached, as well as 40 million accounts that have been subject to a "View As" look-up in the past year, as a precaution.
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The vice-president of product management, Guy Rosen, also spoke on the conference, saying that the company has notified and was working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Ireland's Data Protection Commission, the leading entity that looks over Facebook for the European Union, has asked for more information pertaining to the hack.
Ed Mierzwinski, the senior director of consumer advocacy group U.S. PIRG, said the breach was "very troubling".
The company did not detail what its investigation entailed nor what precautionary measures it took. "We may never know", Mr Rosen said, adding that he did note that the scale and complexity of the hack would have required "a certain level" of expertise.
The hackers were able to exploit this vulnerability to gain access to the security tokens.
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Matt Schulz, Chief Industry Analyst at CompareCards, said the breach is another reminder to keep accounts secure. The weakness of this feature has left the engineering and security team baffled, as once again the privacy of millions has been breached. "We think nothing of visiting Facebook and Instagram 10 times a day, but we feel like we don't have enough time to take basic safety steps for our online identity".