Millions Of Marriages Could Be In Trouble Due To Facebook's Latest Security Breach

Hackers have gained access to Facebook yet again, this time potentially exposing the private messages and photos of almost 100 million users.

In the latest security breach to hit the social network, the private messages of 50 million accounts have been put in jeopardy by unknown hackers, with an extra 40 million users possibly affected.

A number of security errors associated with Facebook's "View As" functionality reportedly allowed the hackers to gain site access, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The investigation "is still very early", Facebook's product management vice-president Guy Rosen said at the time, with no clear grasp of the information stolen nor how long hackers had infiltrated the site.

The scope of the breach includes worldwide users' personal details, deleted posts and private messages being hacked.

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While the Facebook hack might have lusty users feeling the heat, "cheating" in terms of affairs and the like "is not relevant to issues of divorce, unless a financial consequence can be identified", The Norton Law Group's Franco Pomare told ten daily.

"Given that we have a no fault system, parties that may be separating need not be concerned about so-called affairs as they will have very little relevance, if any, to either a divorce, matters of property settlement or parenting matters," Franco, an accredited specialist in Family Law, said.

"Too many clients come with hangups feeling guilty about having had an affair, and I always tell them to rest assured it will have little to no relevance."

It is important for a married Facebook user to take responsibility for their actions if the security breach happens to reveal inappropriate private messages, said Samantha Jayne, relationship expert and adviser to The Bachelor.

"If trust has been breached, then ask what would your partner require to feel trust again. It might mean shutting off your account for a while or deleting a person," Jayne said.

"If your partner responds emotionally to the situation, take a deep breath and let them have their say. Don’t fuel the fire by hitting back with justifications and emotion. Be honest, transparent and explain the context of the situation."

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According to UK Divorce services provider divorce-online.co.uk, one-third of married couples get divorced because of Facebook.

"Inappropriate messages to members of the opposite sex" is the leading reason the social network was at fault, a study by the group said.

Back in Australia, psychotherapist Kate Chorley described regularly counselling couples due to online indiscretions via text messages and social media.

"To do so is a betrayal of the relationship, but many get confused and believe if they are not having a physical relationship with someone it's okay. It clearly isn't, as I've seen many individuals deeply hurt and relationships break down because of this," the Sydney-based therapist said.

"If their partner discovers inappropriate messages, it's actually an opportunity for the relationship to go deeper by getting very honest and transparent and to gain an understanding of why they needed to do this in the first place," she added

An earlier Facebook breach in March this year saw founder Mark Zuckerberg  forced to apologise and update the site's data-sharing with third-party applications, when it was revealed the personal information of about 87 million users was harvested with political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica to potentially influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.