29 million users affected by data breach claims Facebook now

29 million users affected by data breach claims Facebook now

29 million users affected by data breach claims Facebook now

Hackers could have taken information like names and contact details like phone numbers and email addresses from 15 million Facebook users, Rosen said.

No data was accessed in the accounts of the remaining one million people whose "access tokens" were stolen, according to Rosen.

Hackers got their hands on data from 29 million accounts as part of last month's attack, Facebook disclosed Friday.

Facebook product management vice-president Guy Rosen posted a blog stating: "We now know that fewer people were impacted than we originally thought. Of the 50 million people whose access tokens we believed were affected, about 30 million actually had their tokens stolen", said the network's statement.

Facebook's latest vulnerability has existed since July 2017, but the company first identified it in mid-September after spotting a fairly large increase in the use of its "view as" feature. For 14 million people, the attackers accessed the same two sets of information, as well as other details people had on their profiles.

The attackers used a portion of these 400,000 people's lists of friends to steal access tokens for about 30 million people.

USA top social media network Facebook admitted Friday that the accounts of 29 million users have been illegally accessed by attackers in the latest cyber attack it announced last month.

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.

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The company says it will message those affected over the coming days to tell them what type of information has been accessed.

He declined to discuss progress regarding figuring out who was behind the attack, saying Facebook had been asked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to remain quiet on the topic. In short, it allowed hackers to generate tokens that allow access to user profiles.

Facebook declined to say whether stealing identities, or anything else, was the motive for the attack.

The hackers used an automated program to move from account to account and harvest the data quickly.

It says third-party apps and Facebook apps like WhatsApp and Instagram were unaffected by the breach. The attack began on September 14, but Facebook only realized it was a threat by September 25. One million accounts were affected but hackers didn't gain information. The data was as specific as the last 15 people or things they had searched for on Facebook and the last 10 physical locations they had "checked into". Facebook had spoken of 50 million accounts compromised in revealing the case of the 28 September. The commission, which is the European Union's lead regulator for privacy matters, said in early October it would investigate the data breach to determine if Facebook violated the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, privacy laws.

Facebook has been quick to let users check exactly what was accessed.

At the time, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg - whose own account was compromised - said attackers would have had the ability to view private messages or post on someone's account, but there's no sign that they did.

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