Released: October 03, 2018
Facebook hack puts thousands of other sites at risk
Source: Mike Isaac & Kate Conger, New York Times (Paid Registration)
When Mark Zuckerberg introduced an online tool called Facebook Connect in 2008, he hailed it as a kind of digital passport to the rest of the internet. In just a few clicks, users would be able to log in to other apps and sites with their Facebook passwords. The tool was adopted by thousands of other firms, from mom-and-pop publishing companies to high-profile tech outfits like Airbnb and Uber.
Now those outfits could have been exposed to the consequences of an attack on Facebook’s computer systems after the account entry keys of at least 50 million Facebook users were stolen last week in the largest hack in the company’s 14-year history.
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