Australian privacy commission delves into Facebook

By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 4 October 2018

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will begin looking into the latest Facebook security breach which impacted almost 50 million users.

Facebook last week confirmed that a “security issue” had been discovered by its engineering team. The social network giant said the “View As” feature had a vulnerability which attackers were able to target and gain access to other people's accounts.

It's not clear how many Australians were impacted, but since the breach the commission has revealed it is looking into the incident.

“We have been advised by Facebook of an incident involving the security of Facebook accounts,” the OAIC said in a statement.

“The OAIC is making inquiries with Facebook about the facts, including the number of Australians who may have been impacted by the incident.”

The OAIC says it has also contacted the Australian Cyber Security Centre about the incident.

Facebook says it has since resolved the issue and taken steps to protect people's accounts.

It hasn't confirmed what data was accessed but experts say people's personal messages and images could have been accessed by the attackers.

“Since we’ve only just started our investigation, we have yet to determine whether these accounts were misused or any information accessed. We also don’t know who’s behind these attacks or where they’re based,” Facebook said in a statement to its users. 

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