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Facebook Says There’s No Evidence of Access to Third-Party Apps in Recent Hack

Facebook Says There’s No Evidence of Access to Third-Party Apps in Recent Hack

Facebook’s recent access token hack incident raised concerns that the bad guys might have gotten access to third-party apps. The social network is now attempting to ease those fears.

Facebook Product Management VP Guy Rosen released the following statement:

We wanted to provide an update on the security attack that we announced last week. This was a serious issue and we worked fast to protect the security of people’s accounts and investigate what happened. We fixed the vulnerability and we reset the access tokens for a total of 90 million accounts — 50 million that had access tokens stolen and 40 million that were subject to a “View As” look-up in the last year. Resetting the access tokens protected the security of people’s accounts and meant they had to log back in to Facebook or any of their apps that use Facebook Login.

We’ve had questions about what exactly this attack means for the apps using Facebook Login. We have now analyzed our logs for all third-party apps installed or logged in during the attack we discovered last week. That investigation has so far found no evidence that the attackers accessed any apps using Facebook Login.

Any developer using our official Facebook SDKs — and all those that have regularly checked the validity of their users’ access tokens – were automatically protected when we reset people’s access tokens. However, out of an abundance of caution, as some developers may not use our SDKs — or regularly check whether Facebook access tokens are valid — we’re building a tool to enable developers to manually identify the users of their apps who may have been affected, so that they can log them out.

Security is incredibly important to Facebook. It’s why we recommend developers stick to our Facebook Login security best practices:

  • Use our official Facebook SDKs for Android, iOS and JavaScript — these will automatically check the validity of access tokens on a daily basis and force a fresh login when they are reset by Facebook, protecting the security of users accounts.
  • Use the Graph API to keep information updated regularly and always log users out of apps where error codes show that any Facebook session is invalid.

We’re sorry that this attack happened — and we’ll continue to update people as we find out more.

Facebook has shared little about what hackers were able to view via the access tokens. As indicated in the above statement, the investigation is still underway. So far, it appears the greatest fears haven’t materialized.

However, stay tuned.

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