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Facebook Breach Exposes 50 Million Accounts

From The New York Times’ Mike Isaac and Sheera Frenkel:

Facebook said on Friday that an attack on its computer network had exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users.

The company said it discovered the breach this week. The attackers exploited a feature in Facebook’s code that allowed them to take over user accounts. Early Friday, Facebook forced more than 90 million users to log out of their accounts, a common safety measure taken when accounts have been compromised.

Facebook said it had fixed the vulnerability and notified law enforcement officials.

This explains why I had to re-login to my Facebook account this morning. I wouldn’t be surprised if this number ends up growing. 

It also doesn’t come at a very good time with the 2FA-phone-number-for-marketing shenanigans also surfacing. 

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