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”. |

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