The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has testified before the Senate's Commerce and Judiciary committees earlier this year about the concern of the spread of misinformation on the platform during the presidential elections of 2016.
"We will be making enquiries with Facebook and our overseas counterparts to establish the scale of the breach and if any United Kingdom citizens have been affected". The vulnerability has existed since past year, and is the largest till date. News broke early this year that a data analytics firm once employed by the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, had improperly gained access to personal data from millions of user profiles. It seems the security engineers trivialised the severity of this bug, which has existed since the feature was made available to users. They also don't know who's behind these attacks or where they're based. The hackers have also tried accessing profile information like name, gender, location and photos from the compromised accounts.
A spokesperson for Ancestry told CNN, "While Ancestry does support Facebook login for some functions, we always require an additional Ancestry username and password to access sensitive account functions such as downloading your DNA data, changing your password, changing your email address or accessing payment information".
This feature enables users to preview what their profiles look like when other users view their profiles.
Facebook has more than two billion users worldwide.
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The hackers were able to exploit this vulnerability to gain access to the security tokens. This allowed them to read your private messages, post anything on your timeline, upload a picture or a video, and message any of your friends.
This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people's accounts, the company said, explaining that access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they do not need to re-enter their password every time they use the app.
Facebook is the biggest social media platform on the planet with over 2.2 billion users per month.
"This breach can be yet another wake-up call for people to take their online security seriously", Schulz said in comments obtained by Fox News.
Facebook says it has identified 50 million accounts which were certainly involved in the breach, with an extra 40 million also warned as a precautionary measure.
As a result, the Facebook said that around 90 million people will now have to log back in to Facebook, or any of their apps that use Facebook Login. Due to the breach, almost 90 million users were logged out of their accounts on the morning of last Friday.