Facebook Is Breached, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at Risk

There’s a lot of hoopla over this on Hacker News this afternoon.

Also the facebook newsroom post with more details.

Second, we have reset the access tokens of the almost 50 million accounts we know were affected to protect their security. We’re also taking the precautionary step of resetting access tokens for another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a “View As” look-up in the last year. As a result, around 90 million people will now have to log back in to Facebook, or any of their apps that use Facebook Login. After they have logged back in, people will get a notification at the top of their News Feed explaining what happened.

Apparently Facebook is blocking the guardian version of this story from appearing? That sounds pretty draconian.

And here’s the critical story being blocked. From what I’ve read, it is probably an algorithm blocking the story. Either way Facebook appears to be shooting itself in the foot.