Facebook trims data breach to 29 million users as FBI probes

Facebook trims data breach to 29 million users as FBI probes

Facebook trims data breach to 29 million users as FBI probes

On a conference call with reporters, Vice President of Product Management Guy Rosen said that at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the hack, Facebook isn't providing any information about who the attackers are or their motivations or intentions.

A recent data breach saw hackers gain access to a wide range of information relating to millions of Facebook users, the social media company has said. Facebook says for 15 million of the compromised accounts, the attackers basically just got names and contact details such as "phone number, email, or both, depending on what people had on their profiles".

Facebook has posted a summary of the incident in its Help Center and plans to send customized messages to the 30 million people affected - that's the sort of thing you can do when you have access to people's data - explaining what information was nabbed and steps that can be taken to prevent further damage. The hackers were able to gain access to names and phones numbers of almost all of those users as well as personal details such as birth dates, relationship status, gender, and education and work histories for 14 million of them.

Wondering whether you are one of the 29 million Facebook users who had their personal details - including location and search history - stolen by hackers? Hackers could have obtained this information if people had the data listed on their Facebook profiles, said the company. However, hackers apparently did not have access to any third-party app data. The flaw allowed the attackers to steal so-called access tokens - digital keys that allow access to an account.

For those 400,000, the attackers could see what the users see as they look at their own profiles. The vulnerability enabled the attackers to get an access token for Tom's account as well, and the attack spread from there.

The vulnerability the hackers exploited existed from July 2017 through late last month, when Facebook noticed an unusual increase in the use of its "view as" feature.

The security breach comes at a time when Facebook is already under fire data-privacy lapses.

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Facebook stated that they have been working to resolve the security breach discovered two weeks ago, while adding that it did not rule out the possibility of smaller-scale attacks.

Additionally, Facebook advises people to be wary of unwanted phone calls, text messages and emails.

Attackers took advantage of a feature in the code, called 'Access Tokens, ' to take over people's accounts. Attackers didn't take any information from about 1 million people whose accounts were affected.

Despite Friday's announcement, there are still many details about the hack that have not been made public, including who was behind it and if the attackers were targeting particular users or countries.

This sort of personal detail can help identity thieves accomplish hacks for years into the future.

This, as it sounds, is very bad.

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