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Facebook Security Breach Affects Nearly 50Million Accounts

Recently, Facebook announced that nearly 50 million user accounts were compromised in a data breach. The breach, which can be tracedback to July 2017, is one of the largest in the company’s 14-year history.

While investigations are ongoing, the company said hackers exploited asoftware vulnerability in Facebook’s "View As" feature to steal accesstokens and gain control of user accounts. Access tokens are effectivelydigital keys to specific accounts, and stealing them allows attackers toview private posts or compose status updates without the knowledge ofthe affected user.

In addition, the attack allowed the hackers to see anything that userscan see on their own profile, including the names and birthdates offriends and family members. Such information could be used in futurephishing attacks.

In response to the attack, Facebook reset 90 million loginsautomatically, fixed the software vulnerability and informed lawenforcement officials. While the company says that users do not need tochange their passwords, individuals experiencing login issues shouldnavigate to Facebook’s Help Center.

As a safety precaution, users are encouraged to log in and out of all oftheir accounts on every device. Users can see all of the devices they’recurrently signed into here.

To learn more about the breach, read Facebook’s official blog post.

5 Tips to Make Your Passwords More


Because identity theft and data breaches arebecoming an ever-growing problem, it’simportant to not only have a different passwordfor each account, but to make those passwordseasy to remember and hard to guess.The following are tips you can use tomake your password harder to crack:

  1. Change your passwords every 90days. This might seem like a hassle atfirst, but hackers have a better chanceat cracking your passwords if theynever change. It’s also a good idea toavoid reusing passwords.

  2. Make your passwords at least eight characters long. Generally, the longera password is, the harder it is to guess.

  3. Don’t use the same password for each account. Hackers target lowersecurity websites and then testcracked passwords on higher securitysites. Make sure each account has adifferent password.

  4. Include uppercase letters and specialcharacters in your password. Specialcharacters include symbols like “#,”“*,” “+” and “>.” These symbols canmake your password more complexand harder to guess.

  5. Avoid using the names of spouses,kids or pets in your password. All ittakes for a hacker to crack passwordsthat include these things is a littleresearch on social media sites likeFacebook and Twitter.

3 Network Security Threats to Watch Outfor in 2019

Cyber security attacks continue to increase inboth size and severity. In order to truly protectthemselves, businesses must remain informed onthe latest cyber security trends.While it can be difficultto predict the emergence of new risks, the following is a list of majorthreats experts have identified for 2019 and ways to protect your business:

    1. Viruses and worms—Computer viruses and worms aremalicious programs designed to infect core systems anddestroy essential data. What’s more, viruses and worms canreplicate themselves, infecting an entire network quickly. Toprotect your system, install anti-malware on all networkdevices.

    2. Drive-by download attacks—Drive-by download attacksgenerally refer to the unintentional download of maliciouscode from an app, operating system or browser, which, inturn, opens you up for an attack. What’s most concerningabout these attacks is users don't have to click, download oropen anything to become infected. The best way to avoidthese types of attacks is to keep your web browsers updatedand ensure users don’t navigate to potentially dangeroussites.

    3. Phishing attacks—Phishing scams are a common strategy forhackers—one that requires minimal technical know-how andcan be deployed via email. With every opened email, usersrisk becoming the victim of monetary loss, credit card fraudand identity theft. Successful phishing attacks oftentimes gounnoticed, which increases the risk of large and continuedlosses, particularly for businesses. To avoid becoming thevictim of an attack, organizations need to train users on howto identify and avoid common phishing scams.

For more information on network security threats and preventionstrategies, contact CMR Risk & Insurance Services, Inc. today.