50 Million Facebook Users' Data Breached

Published on: 29th September 2018

There is worldwide coverage on the news media this morning about Facebook's data breach of 50m user records. This figure may not be the total number of those affected.

The incident has been referred to the police and FBI for investigation.

This breach relates to a security vulnerability that was discovered in the "View As" function within the social media service. Facebook has reported that it has fixed the vulnerability and required affected users to re-login, including a further 40m as a precaution. Users will be notified if they are affected. Other sites that use Facebook data, such as AirBnB and Tinder, may also be affected.

The BBC News website reports:

The company said the users prompted to log-in again did not have to change their passwords.

"Since we’ve only just started our investigation, we have yet to determine whether these accounts were misused or any information accessed. We also don’t know who’s behind these attacks or where they’re based. “

PYXI GDPR Team: 29th Sep 2018 08:40:00