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Facebook hacked, 5 crore user accounts attacked

Facebook was on Friday hacked and “digital tokens” stolen allowing the attackers to access over 5 crore user accounts. The social media platform with at least 220 crore monthly users said that the breach has already been reported to law enforcement and “we’ve fixed the vulnerability.” The breach was according to the Chief executive Mark 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 whose information and privacy was compromised. Earlier 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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