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Irish regulator opens Facebook data breach investigation

Irish regulator opens Facebook data breach investigation

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Ireland's data regulator has launched an investigation of Facebook over a recent data breach that allowed hackers access to 50 million accounts. The probe could potentially cost Facebook more than $ 1.6 billion in fines. The Irish Data Protection Commission said Wednesday that it will look into whether the U.S. social media company complied with European regulations that went into effect earlier this year covering data protection. It's the latest headache for Facebook in Europe, where authorities are turning up the heat on dominant tech firms over data protection. Last month, European Union consumer protection chief Vera Jourova said that she was growing impatient with Facebook for being too slow in clarifying the fine print in its terms of service covering what happens to user data and ...
Facebook security breach: Up to 50m accounts attacked

Facebook security breach: Up to 50m accounts attacked

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Facebook says almost 50 million of its users were left exposed by a security flaw. The company said attackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in a feature known as “View As” to gain control of people's accounts. The breach was discovered on Tuesday, Facebook said, and it has informed police. Users that had potentially been affected were prompted to re-log-in on Friday. Tech Tent: Facebook's family feud Facebook hate speech glitch investigated by firm The flaw has been fixed, wrote the firm’s vice-president of product management, Guy Rosen, adding all affected accounts had been reset, as well as another 40 million "as a precautionary step".Facebook - which saw its share price drop more than 3% on Friday - has more than two billion a...
Facebook: 50 million accounts hit by security breach

Facebook: 50 million accounts hit by security breach

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Facebook has said 50 million users were affected by a security breach which potentially enabled hackers to take over people's accounts. The social media giant has not yet determined whether the accounts were misused or what information was accessed.Nor does it know who is behind the breach or where they are based.Facebook said the breach was discovered on Tuesday afternoon, and stemmed from a change it made to its video uploading feature in July 2017.Something called "View As", which allows users to see what their profile looks like to someone else, subsequently became vulnerable.Guy Rosen, from the California-based company, said hackers were able to "steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people's accounts".In a statement on the company's webs...
British Airways breach: How did hackers get in?

British Airways breach: How did hackers get in?

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British Airways has revealed that hackers managed to breach its website and app, stealing data from many thousands of customers in the process.But how was this possible?BA has not revealed any technical details about the breach, but cyber-security experts have some suggestions of possible methods used.Names, email addresses and credit card details including card numbers, expiry dates and three-digit CVV codes were stolen by the hackers.At first glance, the firm's statement appears to give no details about the hack, but by "reading between the lines", it is possible to infer some potential attack routes, says cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward at the University of Surrey.Take BA's specification of the exact times and dates b...
Air Canada app data breach involves passport numbers

Air Canada app data breach involves passport numbers

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Air Canada's app has suffered a data breach resulting in the suspected loss of thousands of its customers' personal details.The airline has warned that users who had entered their passport details into the product may have had that data stolen.Experts warn that the theft of such information would pose a serious ID fraud risk.The firm has also been criticised for its relatively weak password system.Although it is not clear how the breach occurred, one cyber-security specialist highlighted that Air Canada's website still says account passwords should contain between six and 10 characters and that it only accepts letters and numbers, but no other symbols."Many users will choose short and easily guessable passwords," commented Amit S...