Early morning on Saturday, Sept 29, I took my phone, went online on Facebook to catch up with the day’s updates. To my surprise, I was logged out; on Messenger and the main Facebook app. The message that I got went something like, my session has expired, and I need to log back in.
The first thing that came into my mind is that someone somewhere must have tried to log into my account. Facebook security system picked up the attempt and logged me out on all my devices. So I logged in as instructed, but at the top of my News Feed on the main Facebook app, there was a security alert from Facebook.
Apparently, whatever was happening to my account, was happening to potentially 50 million users across the globe. The social network had been attacked; from the looks of things, the attack was successful. Whoever the attackers were, they managed to take over some Facebook users accounts.
The attackers apparently exploited a vulnerability on Facebook – the ‘View As’ feature that allows you to view your account as other users views it – and took …read more