On September 25, an unprecedented security issue affecting nearly 50 million users was uncovered at Facebook. The exposure began in July 2017, but Facebook didn’t know about it the three-part hack until September 16, 2018. In fact, three bugs ultimately led to the data breach.
How this Hack Is Different than Cambridge Analytica
Even though fewer users were affected and the fallout has been slightly less disastrous (to date), this breach has allowed hackers the ability to control people’s Facebook accounts.
Facebook created this breach with an update feature in July 2017, leaving the gap vulnerability wide open for exploitation for over one year. Facebook is responsible for this breach, whereas the Cambridge Analytica breach was a result of Facebook’s carelessness.
The most recent breach has raised grave questions about Facebook’s ability to regain control of its platform. Some are saying “the social network is in over its head.” Mark Warner, a US Senator issued the following statement regarding this latest Facebook data breach:
“Today’s disclosure is a reminder about the dangers posed when a small number of companies like Facebook or the credit bureau Equifax are able to accumulate so much personal data about individual Americans without adequate security measures. This is another sobering indicator that Congress needs to step up and take action to protect the privacy and security of social media users.”
There is both symbolism and irony in the fact that Zuckerberg’s own Facebook account was breached along with 50 million others.
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