If I did not need Facebook to do my job, I would be deleting it right now.
While everyone was riveted by the drama over Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s potential confirmation to the Supreme Court, Facebook dropped a bombshell: Hackers had broken into at least 50 million of its accounts. The company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, and his deputy, Sheryl Sandberg, were among the victims, according to my colleagues Mike Isaac and Sheera Frenkel.
For the past year, I have been covering technology in India, which has more Facebook users than any other country. Before that, I was a reporter in our San Francisco bureau, where, among other things, I wrote a lot about both Facebook and security breaches, including two separate heists of Yahoo data that left all three billion of its accounts compromised.
In this breach, I was one of the 90 million people who were suddenly logged out of their accounts by Facebook — the company’s far-too-subtle way of letting me know that my account might have been compromised. (Facebook, you could at least have sent me a message along with all the spammy ads you send me on Messenger.)