Nishtha KanalNov 13, 2013 16:33:37 IST
The Adobe hack effect seems to be spreading wider. Facebook has now started issuing warnings to some of its users, asking them to change their passwords to keep their accounts secure, after nearly 38 million accounts were compromised in the Adobe data breach.
Krebs on Security has reported that Facebook users, who had the same email and password combination as their login creds on both Facebook and Adobe, are being prompted to answer a few security questions to confirm their identity and change their passwords. “Recently, there was a security incident on another website unrelated to Facebook,” the message reads. “Facebook was not directly affected by the incident, but your Facebook account is at risk because you were using the same password in both places.”
The message Facebook will show you if you need to change passwords
Facebook spokesman Jay Nancarrow told Krebs that Facebook is always on the lookout for data leaked from other breach incidents that could compromise the safety of its own users. The social networking website has reportedly mined the encrypted password data to discover which of its users had been affected by the breach. While over 38 million users were reportedly affected by the Adobe hack, Facebook has declined to say how many of its own users were seeing the above message and were requested to change their passwords.
If you indeed are seeing the message to change your password, Facebook is giving you time to change your passwords. The social network has assured users that they will not be visible on Facebook till they manage to change their login credentials and confirm their identity. Websites like Diapers.com and Soap.com have reportedly followed suit and are putting the same policy to use. We think it’s pretty good on Facebook’s part to ensure that none of its own users are put at risk because of a major breach on another website. Partly, Facebook wants to ensure its own safety and image but it’s a win-win move in any case.
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