Facebook Security Breach

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Facebook Security Breach

Nicole L., Staff Writer

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Do you use Facebook? If you do, you should be cautious of what you put online. Last week, 50 million Facebook users, including its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, were exposed to ID fraud as a result of the largest cyber attack on Facebook in its history. Users’ private profiles and information were compromised in this latest security breach.

Facebook said that it’s uncertain who was behind the attack. The scope of the breach suggests that it was executed by an organized group, not an individual.

The security loophole resulted from a change in facebook’s systems in July of last year. This change allowed hackers to steal tokens, digital keys that allow users to access their accounts without using their password. When the hackers stole the tokens, they were able to access 50 million accounts worth of photos, messages, and private information. Because of this, Facebook users should be aware of possible phishing attacks. The stolen data could be used to make deceiving messages seem more genuine.

There are ways to secure your facebook account. First, you should change your password on your account and make sure it is different than any of your other login passwords. You should also enable two-factor authentication, which is under facebook settings. This provides a second layer of security by asking for a special code when someone  tries to login on an unknown device. And lastly, don’t share your account information with anybody else.

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