Mark Zuckerberg and his cohorts are again in hotsoup after a major data leak was reported where over 50 million users of the platform could be compromised.
Facebook discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts when attackers exploited a vulnerability in the social site’s code that impacted “View As” a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. This allowed the hackers to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged on so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app.
The access was possible when Facebook updated it’s video uploader feature that had a bug and attackers used this loophole to exploit the pages. Malaysians are one of the most frequent users of the service and there is strong possibility users in the country could have had their data stolen. MCMC is currently in discussion with Facebook to ascertain the extent of breach to local users.
For those concerned could report to the agency if they suspect any suspicious activity on their personal pages.
Reports/complaints can be sent to:
JPDP: [email protected]