Facebook announced it’s worst-ever security breach last month, a breach that has enabled a group of unknown hackers to steal secret access tokens for millions of accounts by taking advantage of a flaw in the ‘view as’ feature. The company posted a brief post on its blog last month however, this has now been updated bring light new information regarding the attack.
Originally the tech giants have reported 50 Million accounts being compromised, Facebook has now downgraded this to 30 Million and has stated that out of those 30 Million, 29 Million users have had their personal information breached. The company is trying to assure that the miscreants apparently didn’t manage to access any third-party app data from the top applications such as WhatsApp or Instagram however, this has not been proven.
Facebook vice president Guy Rosen told reporters that the FBI has stepped in and asked the company to withhold the descriptions of the attackers due to an ongoing inquiry into the major data breach.
Have I Been Hacked?
Facebook has created a company website for it’s 2 Billion global uses to check if their accounts have been accessed, and if so, exactly what information was stolen. You can access this page here.
How Facebook Classified The Stolen Data:
In Facebook’s latest blog the tech giant’s Vice President of product management Guy Rosen released further details on the massive security breach, informing all of its readers that these unknown hackers stole:
- For 15 Million accounts, usernames and contact information including phone numbers, email addresses and other contact information depending on what users had on their profiles.
- Fo 14 Million accounts, attackers accessed an even wider part of their personal data, which included the same two sets of information mentioned above, along with other details users had on their profiles, like gender, language, relationship status, religion, hometown, current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people, or pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches.
- The remaining 1 Million users did not have any personal data accessed by the attackers.
Not only this, but Guy Rosen also stated that apps such as;
- Messenger Kids
Were not affected by the breach and that third-party application, chrome extensions, developers and advertisers data were not breached.
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