Facebook Security Breach
Facebook had a breach and roughly 50 million users’ information was hacked. Facebook made the public aware of the breach as soon as they discovered it. It appears that hackers “exploited a feature in Facebook’s code to gain access” (Isaac and Frenkel). Facebook being such a vital company to today’s world economy puts even more stress on this hack. The security and infrastructure should be on Facebook is world class, but breaches such as this should almost never occur with such sensitive data.
Another compounding factor that stresses Facebook’s security is this use in elections. Recent highlights such as the 2016 United States Presidential elections is commonly highlighted; supposedly Russians manipulated the platform to boost voter turn out. The aftermath of our election redirects attention to Facebook for future elections specifically in Mexico and Brazil.
The security apparatus developed within Facebook should be thoroughly evaluated to prevent future breaches; especially considering there is data on roughly 2.2 billion people. Mark Zuckerberg has stated publicly that the breach point was located and they will work to thwart future attacks.