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According to Digital Trends (This article and its images were originally posted on Digital Trends September 28, 2018 at 03:14PM.)
Facebook announced that it had uncovered a new security flaw that allowed hackers to take control of as many as 50 million user accounts. The company is still in the early stages of investigating this latest security flaw and it announced that law enforcement has been notified.
“On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, our engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts,” the company said in a statement. “We’re taking this incredibly seriously and wanted to let everyone know what’s happened and the immediate action we’ve taken to protect people’s security.”
The flaw stems from the way access tokens are handled. Access tokens are digital keys that allows users to remain logged into their Facebook accounts without having to re-enter their passwords every time. However, due to the way Facebook’s code handles the “View As” feature, the company said that hackers may have improperly taken over people’s account. The View As feature allows Facebook users to view their profile as if they are browsing the network as someone else.
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