Facebook Reset 90 Million Accounts Last Week

On Tuesday September 25th, Facebook’s VP of Product Management Guy Rosen posted about a security breach directly affecting over 50 million accounts. Read on to see how you are affected.

Hackers used the “View As” feature to steal encryption keys to log into 50 million Facebook accounts. These encryption keys are saved in your browser window so you remain logged into your account and don’t have to retype the password each time.

The issue comes from an alteration made in video uploading from July 2017, so it’s possible the hackers have had access for a while. Facebook fixed this breach last Thursday, September 28th.   

What does this mean for you?

Facebook reset the encryption keys of these 50 million accounts plus an extra 40 million accounts who have used the “View As” feature in the past year to ensure there’s no malicious activity left on the platform.

This means if you were affected and use automatic sign-in, you should have been logged out.

If affected, you’d be greeted with a message on sign-in explaining “An Important Security Update”. Facebook hasn’t specified the scope of the breach saying they need to investigate before commenting further.

However, hackers with access to 50 million accounts definitely had access to personal information. Also, applications within to Facebook, like Instagram, Messenger, or Spotify would have been breached if your accounts are linked.

Facebook has already contacted the authorities and patched the breach. They’ve also temporarily disabled the “View As” feature while they investigate.

Precautionary steps to take:

  • Sign out of your Facebook account on all devices. Signing out manually will reset the stolen encrypted account tokens so the hackers will no longer have them.
  • Change your Facebook Password via the steps below:

Settings > Security & Login > “Edit” next to Change Password > Save

  • Install Dashlane 6. Dashlane generates secure, complex passwords for your accounts so you don’t have to save your password in your browser. See our promotional offer here.
  • Run a FixMeStick scan. FixMeStick will ensure no malware found its way to your computer. Subscribe with us for $10 off here!

10 comments

  1. Wayne Keller - Reply

    I wanted to run the fix me stick on my wife’s computer but It would not recognize my wi-fi so I could not to an update. I checked my wi-fi several times and it was working. I ended up running the Fix Me without going on the net and everything worked fine.
    Can you tell me why the Fix Me Stick would not recognize my wi-fi?

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  2. Phyllis A Applegate - Reply

    I received an email, telling me that my Facebook Profile was hacked into. Now I can’t log into it at all. I tried to change my password, and that didn’t work. I tried to get online help, but I didn’t get a reply. So I’m feeling really helpless right now.

  3. susan k Reiter - Reply

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    thank you
    susan

  4. Marvin - Reply

    What do I need to get a new stick? because I accidently washed my fixmestick in the washer

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