FILE- In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Facebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts. In a blog post, Friday, Sept. 28, the company says hackers exploited its "View As" feature, which lets people see what their profiles look like to someone else. Facebook says it has taken steps to fix the security problem and alerted law enforcement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

What comes next in Facebook's major data breach

September 29, 2018 - 12:39 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that Facebook has revealed a data breach that gave attackers access to 50 million accounts, what happens next?

For the owners of the affected accounts and of another 40 million considered at risk, the first order of business may be a simple one: sign back into the app. Facebook logged everyone out of all 90 million accounts in order to reset digital keys the hackers had stolen.

Next comes the waiting game as Facebook continues its investigation.

What Facebook knows so far is that hackers got access to the 50 million accounts by exploiting three distinct bugs that allowed them to steal those digital keys. The company says it has fixed the bugs.

But Facebook doesn't know who was behind the attacks or where they're based.

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