Facebook’s major hack, announced two weeks ago, affected 30 million people, not 50 million as originally feared. But for about half of those whose accounts were broken into, the hackers accessed intimate information.
More than a decade into the era of prevalent social networks and smartphones, people still have no way to make informed choices about how to safely conduct their lives online.
Google found a “software glitch” in its Google+ social network in March that could have exposed the personal data of as many as half a million users, but decided not to tell the public until Monday.
Facebook’s worst-ever security breach is a major blow to the company’s effort to rebuild trust with users of the social network after a privacy scandal in March.
Facebook has said it discovered a security breach earlier this week that affected almost 50 million accounts. The company said it has fixed the breach, which allowed hackers to take over people’s accounts.