Facebook Hack: Users Who Connected to Other Sites Through Facebook May Be at Risk

By Anna Breuer on 3 October 2018
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Ten years ago, when Facebook introduced Facebook Connect, a quasi universal login that website owners could implement to get quick signups without requiring users to fill out a form with their details, I made a conscious decision not to use it, reasoning that the risk was too great.

If Facebook were compromised, any collateral damage would be limited to my Facebook account, not dozens of accounts, or so went my thinking.

Apparently I was in the minority as Facebook Connect became quite popular. That is, until last week, when the company announced that a security breach allowed hackers to infiltrate the accounts of at least 50 million users, and possibly many more.

Over 100,000 websites and apps use Facebook Connect to allow their users to log in. The list is long and filled with the names of august companies ranging from Airbnb, Bumble, Expedia, and Instagram, to the New York Times, Spotify, and Uber.

Some apps, such as Tinder, originally required the use of Facebook and simply wouldn’t let you in without using your Facebook account login, although that has since changed. Others, such as Instagram, appear to work better with Facebook.

Now these companies are trying to ascertain whether the breach affected them as well. The answer thus far is that no one knows.

So back to the question of whether one should use Facebook Connect to log into other websites and apps. Facebook itself appears uncertain as to whether the hack allowed access to non-Facebook sites.

“That investigation has so far found no evidence that the attackers accessed any apps using Facebook Login,” the company’s vice president of product management, Guy Rosen, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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