MANILA – How to know if you are affected by the recent hacking on Facebook? Or is there a way to know it?
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the largest social networking site, Facebook, announced on Friday that the platform has experienced a major security breach. More than 50 million users accounts were affected by the attack, in which attackers were able to take over users’ accounts. This has prompted Facebook to logout all the accounts signed in from devices. In fact, one of the compromised accounts is Zucherberg’s himself.
So for the question on how to know if your account has been affected by the latest security glitch, the answer is still ‘no’. Investigations are currently underway.
As of Friday, the perpetrators have not been determined as well as the extent of the damage due to the hacking – if these accounts were misused. In a latest development of its investigation, Facebook said that victims logged into other services like Tinder, Instagram or Spotify with their Facebook accounts; these corresponding accounts to these services might be affected too. Examples of hacking a phone here show how easy it can be without the proper safeguards in place.
The attackers had exploited the use of “access tokens” or basically, digital keys, that let them access other users’ accounts as if they were that user.
It is not certain if Facebook users from the Philippines were affected, too. Nonetheless, the National CERT-PH under the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Cybersecurity Bureau is informing and reminding the Philippine-based Facebook users to make sure they shouldn’t use the said social media platform to store their private files and high-risk private conversations. The agency further advised account holders to use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) to ensure more security of their accounts.