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Facebook has found safety error which has affected 50 million users — Rambler News Service


Facebook developers have found an error of safety which gave access to accounts of nearly 50 million users, the press service of social network has reported. The error was found on Tuesday, September 25. According to preliminary data, swindlers have used vulnerability in a code which was responsible for the View As function. Thanks to her users could look through the pages on behalf of other person. As a result hackers have stolen access tokens by means of which they could get access to someone else's accounts. Tokens are an equivalent of a digital key and allow users not to enter the password every time when the person comes into social network. "There are actions which we had taken already. First, we have eliminated vulnerability and have informed law-enforcement bodies. Secondly, we have dumped access tokens which as we know, have been mentioned, for protection of their safety. We have also taken precautionary measures and have dumped codes of access of 40 million more accounts which used View As last year. … Thirdly, we have temporarily turned off the View As function for the period of careful check of safety" — have said in Facebook. The press service has noted that now about 90 million people have to come into Facebook or any application which uses Facebook Login, by means of the password again. After users log in, to them the notice with an incident explanation will come.

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