News roundup: Facebook data breach puts social media giant in hot water

News roundup: Facebook data breach puts social media giant in hot water

A roundup of this week's technology news including Chinese spy chips, Amazon pay disputes and insecure political party mobile apps.

Facebook gets hacked

For all of you that have been in outer space/under a rock/stopprf reading the news because every time you do it makes you a little bit sad, the biggest news story from the last seven days is undoubtedly the small matter of 50 million Facebook users having their accounts compromised.

The breach was discovered by Facebook engineers on 25th September and disclosed to the public a GDPR-compliant three days later, after the vulnerability had been patched. Thought to be the biggest breach in the social media platform's history, the attacks stole ‘access tokens' from users, meaning they could stay logged into compromised accounts without the need to enter a password. Possessing said token also allows the hacker to take full control of the compromised account and even log in to third party applications.

In addition to the 50 million users who had their tokens stolen, a further 40 million who had used the ‘view as' privacy tool since July were also logged out of their accounts on a precautionary basis.

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Charlotte Trueman

Charlotte is Staff Writer at IDG Connect. She is particularly interested in the impact technology will have on the future of work and promoting gender diversity throughout the tech industry.

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