Facebook refused to provide hack victims with theft ID protection!

Recent Facebook data breach left millions of Facebook users vulnerable. But, surprisingly, Facebook refused to provide any identity fraud protection to such users.
Some analysts have their share of thoughts on what Facebook  just decided:

“This kind of information could help thieves create social engineering-based theft programmes, preying on the Facebook hack victims,” said Patrick Moorhead, from Moor Insights and Strategy

Facebook Hack incident gave a lot to the hackers including the user’s personal information, location, religion, relationship status and a lot more that can be easily exploited. But, unlike other major hack affected companies such as Target, Equifax,  and PlayStation Network, Facebook simply refused to any provide identity fraud protection for hack victims.
However, Facebook shared some ways you can find out whether you have been directly affected by the recent security breach or not. Facebook identified that around 14 million people were severely affected in this data breach. The stolen information includes:

“username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birth-date, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches”.

Upon investigating this incident, Facebook found out that the hackers got access to accounts via access tokens. These access tokens were revealed because of 3 major bugs’ interaction in Facebook’s system. Evasive actions were taken to minimize the casualties. But, unfortunately, the loss was huge, leaving many perilous!
Facebook clearly refused to provide ID fraud protection. However, it started providing services that can help you identify whether you are a victim of Facebook’s security breach or not. Furthermore, it informs you about the information that was accessed through your account. Facebook can also guide you on what you can do about it further.
Facebook’s investigation over this security breach is continued. We are waiting to see what comes up next!

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