Facebook Data Breach Update Reveals Theft of 30M Users' Data

Facebook Data Breach Update Reveals Theft of 30M Users' Data

Facebook's "View as" feature was compromised to give hackers access to user accounts.

Instead, they'll get customized messages explaining "what information the attackers might have accessed, as well as steps they can take to help protect themselves, including from suspicious emails, text messages, or calls", and they will be pointed to the social network's Help Center.

We have not ruled out the possibility of smaller-scale attacks, which were continuing to investigate, ” said Guy Rosen, vice president of product management, in an October 12 blog post.

Fortunately, all third-party applications and a range of first-party apps including Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus remain completely unaffected by the breach.

Nearly 30 million Facebook users' phone numbers and email addresses were accessed by hackers in the biggest security breach in the company's history, Facebook said on Friday.

The hack happened between September 14-27, according to officials, but they said the vulnerable code had been online from July 2017 to September 2018.

"Now clearly these episodes tell us that Facebook has not done enough that it should have done for the purposes of protecting the sensitive personal data and personal information of its users". The attackers accessed even more details on 14 million of those users, including the area where they live, their relationship status and their religion. "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". They were able to do so by taking the help of these three distinct bugs in Facebook's code.

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In the coming days, Facebook has promised to send a message to the 30 million users affected.

While the affected Facebook users may be able to change some of the hacked information such as current city of residence, password, friends, telephone number, devices, etc, they have to accept a permanent disclosure of permanent details such as their date of birth, work history, and education.

On that page, following some preliminary information about the investigation, the question "Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?" appears midway down.

But now it has revised this figure down to 30 million accounts, but the social networking giant is still not offering victims of its latest data breach any fraud ID protection.

According to Wired, Facebook says that about 1 million of the roughly 30 million accounts compromised didn't actually have any of their data stolen.

"We take these incidents very, very seriously, and nothing is more important to us than the security of people's information", he said.

Facebook discovered the problem and started an investigation in mid-September. "Usually when you're looking at a sophisticated government operation, then a couple of thousand people hacked is a lot, but they usually know who they're going after".

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