Facebook hit with class-action lawsuit headed by Toronto law firm

Facebook hit with class-action lawsuit headed by Toronto law firm

The year 2018 has been a tough sail for Facebook.

These 90 million users will be automatically logged out of their accounts and have to log back into Facebook or any other apps that use Facebook Login.

Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said "the most important point is that we found out from them", meaning Facebook, as opposed to a third party.

This enabled them to steal access tokens which they could then use to take over people's accounts, the social media giant said.

Facebook has since solved the vulnerability, but it doesn't yet have answers to crucial questions.

"Facebook users do not have to change their username and password; those weren't compromised", said Rahul Sasi, chief technology officer, CloudSek, a Bengaluru-based cybersecurity company. Am I affected too? A breakdown of how Facebook spotted the breach is available in this ZDNet article, here.

As a precaution, Facebook is temporarily taking down the "view as" feature - described as a privacy tool to let user see how their own profiles would look to other people. "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".

When you log into websites like Facebook, you are given an access token. The vulnerability was in this View As feature of Facebook. In Facebook's case, hackers found a way to directly get your access token, bypassing the need to know your username or password.

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"Users are not required to change their passwords, but people looking to log out of all the various places they're logged into their accounts can do so with a single click through the Security and Login section under the settings menu".

According to Facebook, the hackers exploited three bugs in this feature, using its weaknesses to breach the privacy of accounts.

What is the security token? It would be disingenuous to pretend that the concerns driving the backlash against Facebook are totally bipartisan, but the network has tread well into risky territory - and if it turns out attackers gained access to and misused sensitive user data, it could get much worse, quickly.

When did this breach occur?

It remains unclear who was behind the attack, and whether specific persons were targeted. Facebook, which saw revenue of $40.65 billion in 2017, saw revenue for the six months ended June 30 reach $25.2 billion-up 45% from the year-ago period. But it estimates the firm could have had access to the data of up to 87 million users, most in the United States, without their consent, and mined this information to serve the Trump campaign.

Ed Mierzwinski, the senior director of consumer advocacy group U.S. PIRG, said the breach was "very troubling". Unidentified hackers manipulated the code of the social network and logged into several users account.

What is Facebook doing to fix the bug?

Facebook said it fixed the flaw and notified law enforcement of the hacking. More than 90 million users were pushed to log out from their devices, while the "view as" feature behind the havoc was also disabled.

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