Facebook says hackers got personal information from 29 million accounts

Facebook says hackers got personal information from 29 million accounts

This pool of 400,000 users allowed them to steal access tokens from the full 30 million, he continued.

"We're cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is actively investigating and asked us not to discuss who may be behind this attack", the Facebook executive Guy Rosen wrote in a blog post. For 15 million, they obtained names, phone numbers, and email addresses, if present in their profiles. Until then, Facebook also launched a Help Center page where everyone can go and see if they're one of the 30 million unlucky users who had their token stolen.

"In the process, however, this technique automatically loaded those accounts' Facebook profiles, mirroring what these 400,000 people would have seen when looking at their own profiles", Rosen wrote in the post.

However, unlike other major hacks involving big companies, Facebook said it had no plans to provide protection services for concerned users.

The 30 million people who were affected will receive "customized messages" in the coming days, explaining what information the hackers might have accessed.

News of the hack emerged on 5 October when Facebook said it feared 50m users had been affected.

In order to help users understand the situation better, a new page in the Help Centre has been created that tells users exactly what information was compromised.

Thomas Rid, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University, also said the evidence, particularly the size of the breach, seems to point to a criminal motive rather than a sophisticated state operation, which usually targets fewer people. If you're account wasn't breached, well, good for you. But the software bugs made user information vulnerable from July 2017 to September 2018. Moreover, Facebook has now confirmed that hackers did actually steal data of over 29 million users.

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"The attackers started with a set of accounts they controlled directly, then moved to their friends, and their friend's friends, and so on - each time taking advantage of the vulnerability", he added.

But you don't have to wait for Facebook to get in touch with you to find out if you have been affected.

Here's how to check whether your information was compromised, as well as how to delete your Facebook account.

Facebook said Friday, October 12, that hackers accessed personal data of 29 million users in a breach at the world's leading social network disclosed late last month.

Facebook did not rule out the possibility of smaller-scale attacks and said it would continue to investigate.

Moreover, the social networking website also revealed that no evidence was found that attackers used the stolen tokens to access any third-party apps, including those that use Facebook's single-sign-in to log in.

It said its statutory investigation into the breach, and Facebook's compliance with its obligations under GDPR, was continuing.

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