Facebook hack update: Firm says no external app or website was hit – but can't be sure

There is no evidence 'so far' that hackers breached other apps through Facebook Login

Anthony Cuthbertson@ADCuthbertson
Wednesday 03 October 2018 14:37

Facebook has claimed there is no evidence "so far" that hackers accessed any third-party apps or websites as a result of the huge data breach.

The tech giant revealed last week that hackers stole so-called access tokens to accounts of at least 50 million users. A further 40 million users may also be affected by the attack.

Facebook's vice president of product management Guy Rosen wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that the access tokens had been reset for 90 million affected users.

"We have now analysed our logs for all third-party apps installed or logged in during the attack we discovered last week," Mr Rosen wrote.

"That investigation has so far found no evidence that the attackers accessed any apps using Facebook Login. Any developer using our official Facebook SDKs – and all those that have regularly checked the validity of their users' access tokens – were automatically protected when we reset people's access tokens."

In order to minimise the risks of the security vulnerability, Facebook logged all affected users out as a precaution.

Unfortunately, Mr Rosen admitted that not all Facebook developers use the firm's developer tools, so a tool is being built "to enable developers to manually identify the users of their apps who may have been affected, so that they can log them out."

Following the data breach, hacked Facebook accounts appeared for sale on the dark web, though it was not clear from the vendor's description whether they relate to the hack.

A listing for a hacked Facebook account, selling for around $3 on the Dream Market site on the dark web

The hacked accounts were selling for between $3 and $12 each, with security experts warning that cyber criminals could use the data to commit identity theft or blackmail users with compromising information.

In a post to Facebook last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: "We face constant attacks from people who want to take over accounts or steal information around the world... The reality is we need to continue developing new tools to prevent this from happening in the first place."

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