Were you logged out of your Facebook or Messenger accounts automatically today?
In a startling announcement on Thursday night, Facebook revealed that a glitch in their coding - a bug per se - had exposed the private information of 50 million users and potentially another 40 million.
Guy Rosen, vice-president of Product Management at Facebook, in a press statement said: "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.
"Our investigation is still in its early stages. But it’s clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted 'View As', a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app."
Facebook automatically logged out 50 million affected users and a further 40 million as a precaution.
Law enforcement agencies have been apprised of the crucial data breach.
The Facebook VP claims "there is no need for anyone to change their passwords."
It is the latest security issue to hit the site. In April, Facebook said that malicious actors were using its search tool to harvest information about most of its two billion users.
And the Cambridge Analytica scandal is already a thing of the past. The academic at the heart of the scandal said that such data collection was "rife" and that the company was struggling to deal with the fallout from the affair.