Facebook has confirmed that there was a security issue that has compromised at least 50 million accounts.
In a statement on the social media company’s Facebook Newsroom website, Guy Rosen, Facebook vice president of product management, said the company’s engineering team found a security issue Tuesday afternoon.
“We’re taking this incredibly seriously and wanted to let everyone know what’s happened and the immediate action we’ve taken to protect people’s security.
Our investigation is still in its early stages. But it’s clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted “View As”, a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app.”
Rosen said the vulnerability has been fixed and law enforcement has been contacted. The tokens have been reset for the known affected accounts.
“As a result, around 90 million people will now have to log back in to Facebook, or any of their apps that use Facebook Login,” Rosen said. “After they have logged back in, people will get a notification at the top of their News Feed explaining what happened.”
The “View As” feature is now temporarily turned off.
Rosen said the company does not know who did the attack or where it’s based.
If more affected accounts are found, access tokens will immediately be reset, he said.
“People’s privacy and security is incredibly important, and we’re sorry this happened. It’s why we’ve taken immediate action to secure these accounts and let users know what happened. There’s no need for anyone to change their passwords. But people who are having trouble logging back into Facebook — for example because they’ve forgotten their password — should visit our Help Center. And if anyone wants to take the precautionary action of logging out of Facebook, they should visit the “Security and Login” section in settings. It lists the places people are logged into Facebook with a one-click option to log out of them all.”
Rosen said the Facebook Newsroom post would be updated when there is more information on the attack or if facts change.
At Children's Hospital of Atlanta, a baby boy is breathing a lot easier, thanks to a life-saving procedure involving a 3D printing machine.
Eight-month-old Amir is sleeping peacefully and breathing easy now, something he couldn't do when he was born.
"He was just a baby that, he would always cry," said his mom, Linda Long. "So we knew something was wrong with him, but we didn't know exactly what was wrong with him."
What Linda and Quantavious didn't know is that their son was born with flimsy airways and two holes in his heart. One day, at just 2 months old, Amir stopped breathing.
"That's my baby," said Long. "Don't know what to do but, I wanted to help him but I couldn't."
Amir was rushed to Children's Hospital of Atlanta, to a team that knew they needed to work fast.
"The child at the time was about as sick as you possibly can be," said Dr. Kevin Maher, a pediatric cardiologist. "He was on a ventilator, sedated, medication to keep him paralyzed."
Maher, a team of doctors, technicians and even engineers from Georgia Tech got involved, and came up with a big plan to help their tiny patient. They used a 3D printer to make small custom splints to repair his airways.
"They were able to use sutures to pull the airway open and then attach it to this custom made splint to hold the airway open," Maher said.
Then, they patched the holes in his heart.
"The difference from the morning to the night was one of the most dramatic things I've seen in medicine," Maher said.
Doctors had to get rush FDA approval, as it was the first time this type of technology and surgery have ever been used in Georgia.
"It was really one of the more stunning things I've seen in my career," Maher said, "to take a child that was that sick and to really provide a treatment that otherwise did not exist."
A treatment that has mom and dad looking forward to Amir's future.
"Hopefully we can get him home and eating and just like a regular baby," said Long.
Doctors say Amir's prognosis looks good. The splints will stay in until the airways are strong enough to stay open on their own. Even though they had to get rush FDA approval for this surgery, Maher hopes one day it will be widely available.
A 66-year-old West Chester Township, Ohio, woman is out about $3,300 after someone claiming to be a Microsoft representative allegedly took over her computer, caused a problem and charged her to fix it.
Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson explained how the scam worked.
“It appears as if the victim bought something off the internet which was not a legitimate Microsoft product,” Wilson said. “From this transaction, the individual gained her contact information and access to her computer. The ‘rep’ said the computer issue could be fixed with payment made with Google gift cards, which she provided.”
The incident is still under investigation.
If you use a navigation app on your smartphone to get to work quickly, you may be surprised to learn that new research suggests those apps can make traffic worse.
Residents of a popular Atlanta neighborhood told WSB-TV that they have seen more traffic as navigation apps have increased in popularity.
“It’s a very confusing neighborhood, a very tough place to drive,” said Bill Bolen, vice president of the Ansley Park Civic Association. “There’s this disconnect between common sense and the app that can lead to a bad outcome when you felt like you were going to get a good outcome.”
None of this is a surprise to Alexandre Bayen, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkley.
“What we see over the years is that, with the increased app usage, as more and more people use these apps, we see traffic jams appearing where there was no traffic before,” Bayen said.
Bayen’s team discovered that, when selfish navigation app routing sends drivers away from main throughways onto small surface streets, they can turn one bottleneck into several as drivers leave freeways for surface streets.
“The way a traffic app works is it routes you selfishly towards your destination as fast as possible, but it does not take into account the effect you have on the system,” Bayen said.
Researchers said that more traffic on roads not built to support it and drivers making longer trips to save time can increase noise and carbon pollution, but there are ways to curb the congestion.
“Alternating the urban infrastructure, such as adding stop signs, changing the mirroring lights, changing the signal timing plans for traffic lights-- all things jurisdictions can do very easily,” Bayen said.
Georgia Department of Transportation traffic engineer Matthew Glasser said he’s already seen how retiming lights on state routes has affected navigation apps users and interstate congestion. Crowdsourced information from apps means they can anticipate traffic patterns in real time.
“It’s been huge for us to have that communication going back and forth,” Glasser said. “Think of it like bypass surgery. Now that we have a blockage here, we can get around it.”
Bolen said his neighborhood has spent millions of its own dollars adding traffic circles and speed tables and narrowing streets.
“I’m sure it annoys some cut-through drivers but at the same time, it’s really increased the safety and lowered speed on our streets,” Bolen said.
Bayen and his policy researchers said traffic-calming measures, like those Ansley Park uses, are a practical solution.
“Long-term, we see a lot of resistance happening already, by changing their own traffic patterns, making it harder to drive through their neighborhood,” Bayen said.
Bolen agrees that navigation apps are not going anywhere, so finding solutions to negative impacts is key.
“It’s not about keeping people from cutting through, just about insuring that everyone does it safely,” Bolen said.
The announcement of three new iPhone models at the Apple Event Wednesday also came with a change in accessories.
The Verge reported that the iPhone headphone dongle that adapted a fast Lightning to 3.5mm audio jack won’t be included in the boxes of the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR.
The spare dongle originally came in the boxes of the iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7 and 7 Plus. Now, according to The Verge, the iPhone 8 won’t have the adapter either.
Instead, when looking at the comparison of the latest iPhone models, each comes with Apple EarPods Lightning Connector. A listing on the site comparing older iPhone models indicates that only the iPhone 6 line -- 6s Plus, 6s, 6 Plus and 6 -- and iPhone SE will still be sold with the EarPods with 3.5 mm headphone plug.
According to Business Insider, the change in complimentary accessories was not formally announced by Apple. Customers who still want the adapter can purchase one in-person at various retailers or from the Apple website for $9.
Two people were killed and 10 others were wounded by gunshots when Baltimore resident David Katz opened fire Sunday during a video game competition in Jacksonville, Florida, officials said. One other person sustained injuries that were not gunshot wounds, according to authorities.
Katz, 24, killed himself in the melee, police said.
Although investigators have not released or confirmed the victims' identities, the victims' families told ActionNewsJax that competitors Eli Clayton and Taylor Robertson were fatally shot during the "Madden 19" tournament.
Here's what we know so far:
Eli Clayton, 22, of Woodland Hills, California, was a talented "Madden 19" player who enjoyed success using the Jacksonville Jaguars in tournaments, according to ActionNewsJax. He was recognized by the team in 2017 for taking its digital likeness to the national finals that year, the news station reported.
A haunting video from Sunday's tournament in Jacksonville showed what appeared to be a gun's laser point on his chest before he was shot and killed, the Miami Herald reported.
Known in gaming circles as "True" and "Trueboy," Clayton was "consistently one of the best in competitive 'Madden,'" his EA Sports profile says. He reportedly took home $51,000 in prizes in head-to-head live events, winning 40 percent of his 20 games.
"Despite a rough season, True remains one of the best around and can potentially win it all when it's done," the EA Sports website says.
In an April article by EA Sports, Clayton described himself as "really easy to get along with."
"I'm not a troublemaker," he said. "I'm always laughing and joking around. I'm just me, a cool dude. There's really nowhere to go but up, honestly."
Competitive gamer Shay "Young Kiv" Kivlen of Seattle called Clayton "one of my best friends in life" in a Twitter tribute Sunday.
"I talked to u almost everyday for the last 5 years," he wrote. "U were one of the most kind and genuine people I've ever met. I love u like a brother. I'm gonna miss hearing you laugh everyday and seeing your genuine smile."
Taylor Robertson, a 27-year-old father from Ballard, West Virginia, also was killed in Sunday's mass shooting, ActionNewsJax reports. He is survived by his wife and young son, according to the Metro News.
Robertson, known in the gaming world as "SpotMePlzzz," had "the skill to completely take over any 'Madden' tournament," his EA Sports profile says. He reportedly took home $80,500 in prizes in head-to-head live events, winning 72 percent of his 18 games.
"His potent offensive talent paired with his skill on defense makes him one of the toughest opponents in competitive 'Madden,'" the profile says.
Members of the "Madden" community said Robertson competed to help support his family.
"Always spoke about his wife & newborn and how he wanted the money to better their lives," @EricRayweather tweeted.
– ActionNewsJax contributed to this report.
Tech giant Google is reportedly planning its first brick-and-mortar retail shop.
The Chicago Tribune reported that, according to unnamed sources, the flagship store is expected to open in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, close to the company’s city headquarters.
“We don’t comment on rumor or speculation,” Google spokeswoman Kayla Conti told the Tribune.
The building will reportedly be 14,000 square feet of multiple two-story brick buildings.
Tech experts believe the retail shop would prominently feature the company’s growing bundle of electronic products, including smartphones, home security systems and more.
With the new store, Google would join other tech giants with flagship locations, such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft.
But if Google cancels its plans, it wouldn’t be the first time. In 2015, Crain’s New York Business reported that the company abandoned plans to open a store in New York.
Police in Michigan are warning parents after a sex offender was able to get the phone numbers of two children through unknown means.
Update 2:35 p.m. EDT Aug. 13: Police initially said the phone numbers were obtained through the online game Roblox. In an update Friday, authorities said investigators were unable to determine how the numbers were obtained.
In a statement, officials with Roblox said the entertainment platform “supports imaginative play in a safe, supportive environment.”
“We can assure you that we take safety on our platform seriously and have features and processes in place to protect our community from sharing personally identifiable information,” the statement said.
Among other measures, the company uses automated technology to monitor and “when appropriate filter” the communication between users. The company also has restrictions surrounding what users under 13 years old can share.
Original report: According to the Marshall Police Department's Facebook page and WWMT, a "concerned parent" contacted authorities after the children, who are 9 and 10, began receiving text messages "from an unknown subject." Police described the conversations as "non-offensive and short," WWMT reported.
"Officers researched the number that was contacting the children and discovered it belonged to a subject on parole and who is also on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry," the department posted Saturday. "The suspect was arrested by local parole agents for the offense."
Police also issued the following warning:
"Popular online cell phone games such as 'Roblox' and 'Minecraft,' when played online in public mode, allow other players to obtain personal information from each other," the department wrote. "Parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s online use of games, who they are speaking with, and the dangers of speaking with unknown subjects."
You will not be able to download a printable gun in Pennsylvania.
Gov. Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Pennsylvania State Police were in federal court this weekend to prevent a Texas company from giving Pennsylvanians access to 3D printable gun downloads.
The move also prevents the company from uploading any new 3D gun files.
Democrats in Washington, D.C., have been working on new legislation to restrict people from publishing gun-making blueprints online, which could be available as soon as Wednesday.
Instagram’s latest update is a four-way video group chat.
The company initially announced the news in May, and it is now rolling out the service to iOS and Android users.
“Video chat gives you the experience of realtime video in a private space and helps you feel close and connected to friends when you can’t be together. Your friends are already on Instagram, and with video chat, you can seamlessly connect across iOS and Android and without a phone number,” the company said in a statement Tuesday.
The new function allows up to four friends to join a group call through Instagram direct messaging. Users can minimize the window and browse the rest of the app without ending the call.
Users can also join a call already in progress and hit the mute button to avoid additional call invites. Blocked people cannot call you.
To begin a call, users can select the direct button, located at the top right side of the Instagram home screen, open a chat and choose the video icon at the top right.
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