You might have had to log in to your account today or have received a text message from Facebook asking you to use a particular link to login, that’s because attackers managed to get through Facebook’s security and get their hands on security tokens from a feature on the app which allows you to view your profile as a third party.
According to the Facebook Vice President, Product Management the breach was discovered on Tuesday of this week.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, our engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. We’re taking this incredibly seriously and wanted to let everyone know what’s happened and the immediate action we’ve taken to protect people’s security
In tandem, Facebook has reset the access tokens of almost 50 million accounts affected to safeguard their security. They’re also taking the precautionary step of resetting access tokens for another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a “View As” look-up in the last year.
As a result, around 90 million people will now have to log back in to Facebook, or any of their apps that use Facebook Login. After they have logged back in, people will get a notification at the top of their News Feed explaining what happened.
The culprit feature has been disabled to prevent further abuse.
Facebook is yet to determine whether or not the attackers have exploited the breach by negatively using the attack. Investigations have been initiated.
A number of Kenyans took to social media to question their automated log out with a good number responding positively.