Facebook: 50 million users were left vulnerable to breach in security


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Facebook: 50 million users were left vulnerable to breach in security

Facebook disclosed on Friday that about 50 million of its users' accounts were left susceptible to potential security breaches. The company said that the breach in the security was found as early as Tuesday following which complaints to the police were made on Friday.

The company said that the accounts which were hacked were done so after the potential hackers were able to exploit the website's 'View As' feature which allows users to see how their individual profiles would seem to others viewing it.

Facebook, however, clarify which accounts were hacked but stated that it had provided necessary information to its data subsidiary based out of Ireland. Likewise, Facebook also noted that it had resolved the problem. The users whose accounts were open to threats were asked to login into their accounts again.

Likewise, the company also had another 40 million users login again to their accounts as a precaution. Facebook's product management vice-president Guy Rosen commented on the problem and said, "Since we’ve only just started our investigation, we have yet to determine whether these accounts were misused or any information accessed.

We also don’t know who’s behind these attacks or where they’re based. People’s privacy and security are incredibly important, and we’re sorry this happened." It has also emerged that the accounts of Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg and its CEO Sheryl Sandberg had also been left exposed to vulnerabilities.

This is the latest problem to affect Facebook. Earlier this week, Instagram's co-founders had resigned from the company stating that they wanted to explore newer creative options.