Facebook says hackers accessed data of 29 million users

Friday, October 12, 2018
By Paul Martin

RT.com
12 Oct, 2018

Facebook has admitted that hackers accessed the data of 29 million users on the social network by using people’s friends lists to steal access tokens.

The social network addressed the September attack on Friday, saying in a statement that it is cooperating with the FBI, which is “actively investigating.”

Facebook added that the bureau has asked it not to discuss who may be behind the attack. When the social network first disclosed the hack two weeks ago, company officials said they didn’t know who was behind it or where they might be based.

It explained that 50 million people’s access tokens are believed to have been affected, and that 30 million of those actually had their tokens stolen.

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“First, the attackers already controlled a set of accounts, which were connected to Facebook friends. They used an automated technique to move from account to account so they could steal the access tokens of those friends, and for friends of those friends, and so on, totaling about 400,000 people,” Facebook wrote.

The information that was gained by the hackers varied, with 15 million people having their name and contact details disclosed. An additional 14 million people had that information breached; as well as other details from their profile, including the device types they use to access Facebook, their education background, and employment data. The hackers did not access the information of the remaining one million people.

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One Response to “Facebook says hackers accessed data of 29 million users”

  1. Robert Edward Lee

    What uninformed zeros still use Gaybook ?

    #3770344

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