Five crore Facebook accounts hacked!

Five crore Facebook accounts hacked!

In what has come to be described by commentators as the biggest-ever security breach in Facebook's history after the notorious Cambridge Analytica scandal, the accounts of about 50 million users had been hacked in recent past.  

The hacking is related to "Access tokens", which are the equivalent of digital keys.  Most users use this feature to stay logged in to Facebook so as to avoid filing log-in information every single time they use the social media site.  

"Our investigation is still in its early stages. But it's clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook's code that impacted 'View As', a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else," a Facebook statement says. This major security issue was first discovered on September 25.  It has been fixed already.  

"We have reset the access tokens of the almost 50 million accounts we know were affected to protect their security," Facebook has said.  "We are also taking the precautionary step of resetting access tokens for another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a 'View As' look-up in the last year," the company added.  This is the reason why crores of users have had to do a fresh log-in in recent days.