The hackers could have obtained private information and access it as if they were the users. The giant’s engineers found the “security problem” last Tuesday.
Facebook has revealed today to have suffered an attack by hackers that affects 50 million accounts, from which hackers could have obtained private information and access them as if they were users.
In a statement, the social media giant has said that its engineers found the “security problem” on Tuesday, and that the company is treating the matter in an “extremely serious” way, although the investigation is still in its initial phase. .
According to Facebook, hackers exploited a “vulnerability” in the platform code that affected the “See as” mode, a skill that allows users to see their profile as if they were other people.
This allowed them to seize information, which could have been used by third parties, to connect to the accounts of affected Internet users, although the company still does not know if this is something that the hackers managed to do.
“We are taking the matter extremely seriously and we wanted to warn everyone about what happened and the immediate actions we have taken to protect the safety of the people,” the president and co-founder explained in a telephone press conference. Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.
Among the measures adopted by the company to respond to the attack, it proceeded to immediately disconnect all affected accounts that had activated the option to connect to Facebook without the need to enter the username and password.
That is, those users who used to access the social network directly from their mobile application or from the computer and who kept their access codes stored directly on the network must enter them manually if they want to reconnect.