Facebook Data Breach Affects 50 Million Accounts

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Facebook’s Newest Data Breach Affects 50 Million Users

“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.” Marc Zuckerberg said earlier this year. However, Facebook announced on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, that another data breach had occurred within the company. Facebook is still in the beginning stages of the investigation. In the breach alone, 50 million users’ data was compromised.

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Facebook discovered that the breach happened on Sept. 25, 2018. They took proactive measures on Sept. 28, 2018, when they logged out 90 million users. The hackers, who are still unknown, managed to take advantage of Facebook’s “View As” feature. The View As feature was designed to give users the ability to see their profile as another user. However, this featured has been disabled since, until Facebook can understand the scope of the attack.

Even though the investigation is in the early stages, Facebook revealed that it stemmed from a change they made in their video uploading platform in Jul. 2017. Which gave the hackers access to user access tokens. Access Tokens are defined by Facebook as “an opaque string that identifies a user, app, or Page and can be used by the app to make graph API calls. Access tokens are obtained via a number of methods.”


How Do I Know if I Have Been Affected by Facebook’s Data Breach?

In their official statement, Facebook said that users do not have to change their passwords after the breach. However, best practices to secure your account and your other information is to change your password. Komando suggests that whenever a major data breach happens it is important to change your account passwords. There are other online security measures you can take to see if your passwords show up online. One website to help you, especially with the newest breach of Facebook is called Have I Been Pwned. This website will allow you to check any account that might have been compromised in a data breach and will show you the most recent and largest data breaches.


Important Data Breach Statistics

Most of the data breaches that are publicized are about large companies. However, small businesses are more susceptible to a data breach. Why? According to the 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report conducted by Verizon, small businesses represented 58 percent of data breach victims. These data breaches can include malware, but ransomware was the most common. A digital forensic investigation and service can help small businesses reclaim and recover from a data breach.

At Secure Forensics we work with businesses and agencies of all sizes to assist with their network forensic needs by offering on-site forensic services. We even assist personal computer users who have been affected by a data breach. In addition to small businesses making up 58 percent of all data breaches, healthcare organizations were the second-most breached with 24 percent, food services were 15 percent and the public sector firms were 14 percent.

Why are small businesses targeted more and what information are hackers looking for? Hackers are generally looking for the financial information of customers and small businesses lack proper cyber security features. According to USA Today, a cyber attack can cost a small business between $84,000 and $148,000. Sixty percent of the small businesses that suffer from a cyber attack end up out of business. Businesses, small and large have a lot to lose when a breach occurs. Secure Forensics provides the ability to recover the information lost and provide solutions.


The Importance of Being Prepared for Data Breaches

How can you defend yourself and your clients against a data breach? We recommend our best practices. First, it is always important to have some form of cybersecurity installed on your system. We also recommend having a service like Secure Forensics as a contact for an emergency plan. We’ll dispatch within 24 hours to provide you with network forensic services that can stop the breach from happening, remove the malware, and then we’ll help you protect your systems to prevent it from happening again.

Data breaches that occur at large businesses like Facebook, LinkedIn, T-Mobile and more bring the discussion of digital security into the spotlight. While these breaches happen every day and to everyone, it is important to have an action plan in place. Secure Forensics has the team, resources, and certifications to ensure that the breach will be stopped, lost information will be retrieved, and that you will be educated and protected from future attacks. If you have experienced a data breach, contact us today at 1-800-288-1407 and we’ll get your case started.