Facebook was on Friday hacked and “digital tokens” stolen allowing the attackers to access over 50 million user accounts.
The Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s account was affected alongside that of his Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
“It’s clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code,” vice president of product management Guy Rosen said in a blog post.
The social media platform with at least 2.2 billion monthly users said that the breach has already been reported to law enforcement and “we’ve fixed the vulnerability.”
The breach was according to Zuckerberg, discovered on Tuesday and remedied on Thursday night.
He however noted that they cannot tell “if any accounts were actually misused.” As a result Facebook is temporarily suspending the “view as” tool.
“While I’m glad we found this, fixed the vulnerability, and secured the accounts that may be at risk, the reality is we need to continue developing new tools to prevent this from happening in the first place,” Zuckerberg said.
Facebook has also apologized to its many users who’s information and privacy was compromised.
“People’s privacy and security is incredibly important , and we’re sorry this happened.”
Earlier on in the year, Facebook admitted to having had 87 million user accounts improperly accessed by political data firm Cambridge Analytica which was linked to President Donald Trump.
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