HAS YOUR FB ACCOUNT BEEN HACKED?
IF YOU have a Facebook account, you may want to check if you have been hacked.
The social media site announced on Friday that 30 million users were compromised by an attack, which meant hackers had access to their personal information.
The breach happened two weeks ago, when hackers logged on to accounts by stealing access tokens – digital keys that allow people to stay logged in for long periods at a time.
Social media commentator Gus Silber said they still did not know who the hackers were or what they were looking for.
“We don’t know whether they were targeting particular people in certain countries… And we don’t know if they took anything.
“What we do know is that for more than 30 million users, the hackers could have seen everything.
“They could have logged in as if they were those users, and then accessed years of those users’ activity history on the platform, including their private messages.”
The director at The Digital
Media Collective, Cheryl Ingram, recommended that passwords be changed regularly for anyone with any type of online profile .
This applied to your bank account as much as it did to your Facebook profile, she said.
Among those hacked locally was Bongani Tembe, a spokesperson for the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.
The hacker requested that Tembe ewallet R1 000. Tembe said what was most embarrassing was that the hacker asked high-profile people, like MECS, for ewallets.
“The MECS would call me after receiving an SMS from ‘me’ asking to meet me in person in order to personally give me the money.”
Facebook has said it has “fixed the vulnerability and informed law enforcement”. |