Are cyber defences getting weaker?

Updated: May 6, 2021

By Chloe Olivia Sladden

In 2018, millions of young people have grown up with technology and the internet. This means more people are getting social media accounts like Facebook and being more active on them.

Facebook is generally considered a popular, entertaining and resourceful app. However, when social networks like Facebook get hacked and spreads fake-news; this is when the trouble starts.

A Fox news article, by Robert McMillan and Deepa Seetharaman, revealed how over “30 million of its users” were hacked. Personal data like birthdays, friend lists, schools, religions, political views and so on were captured by an unknown source.

The article comments that “Hackers gained access to the accounts by exploiting a vulnerability in Facebook’s ‘view as’ feature, which lets people see how their profiles appear to others. Three obscure bugs in Facebook’s code allowed the outsiders to steal the data, making it a complicated attack to execute”.

According to Fox News, it was because “the stolen tokens are digital keys that allowed the hackers to access any part of a user’s Facebook account”.

“Facebook has previously said it was working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a criminal probe into the incident”.

This suggests how it proves hacking and fake news are blending together, more and more. It makes sense when you consider the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal with Facebook, which suggested possible fake-news, accounts or information gathering to influence an election.

How can we trust that the security and privacy of our Facebook accounts are still intact?

It appears that Facebook is becoming less concerned with how the data is stored or used. This leads the once heavily – guarded digital fortress of Facebook, defenceless from hacking attempts, unless something is done about it, and properly before it’s laughable.

These problems could lead to unfair discrimination or pressure from whoever has or uses the data. It could sway and influence voters or cause someone to lose their job if certain information is gathered.

Fox News added that the “hackers who gained access to the private information of 30 million of its users were spammers looking to make money through deceptive advertising, according to people familiar with the company’s internal investigation.”

In conclusion, these spammers are probably not the last people to try and break into Facebook’s security. Although, everyone should know how to check their accounts and to tell fact from fiction; Facebook still needs to have an urgent and complete overhaul of the security of their service.

Facebook’s service is known to have billions of users, who all deserve to use Facebook without fear or worry these security breaches are bringing.

Let’s hope, Facebook finally gets to the bottom of everything sooner rather than later.

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