Ninety million Facebook accounts have had to have their access details reset after hackers got into the social media site and were able to obtain user information.
Each user whose account was affected has been forced to log back into their accounts and encouraged to change their password details.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company has since “patched the issue” and added, “We do not yet know whether any private information was accessed.”
While hackers didn’t gain access to credit and debit card information, they did have access to individual profile information such as age, gender, and place of residence – details which are normally only visible to people within an individual’s Facebook ‘community’.
At the heart of the hack was a Facebook app that allowed users to view their own Facebook page the way other people would see it. The ‘View as’ feature has since been removed by Facebook while the company conducts a security review.
If you’re uncertain if your account has been hacked, there’s supposedly no need to panic since Facebook has promised it will post a note above the newsfeed of every user whose account has been affected. Upon notification, users will then have to reset access to the site. Antonino Tati