Personal details of 30 million Facebook users leaked in latest security breach

Personal details of 30 million Facebook users leaked in latest security breach

Personal details of 30 million Facebook users leaked in latest security breach

Facebook said the FBI is investigating, but asked the company not to discuss who may be behind the attack.

On Friday, the social network said fewer users were affected in a security breach it disclosed two weeks ago than originally estimated - almost 30 million, down from 50 million. The company found out about the attack on September 25 and it took them two days to close the vulnerability by resetting the access tokens for people who were potentially exposed.

The company has a website its 2 billion global users can use to check if their accounts have been accessed, and if so, exactly what information was stolen.

Rosen declined to say how the attackers went undetected for nearly two weeks as they accessed 30 million accounts. For one million users, their accounts were hacked but no data was stolen.

Facebook says third-party apps and Facebook apps like WhatsApp and Instagram were unaffected by the breach.

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The company isn't giving a breakdown of where these users are, but says the breach was "fairly broad". But, if you are anxious whether you are one of the impacted users, here is how to confirm in a few simple steps.

The FBI is "actively investigating" the breach, Guy Rosen, a Facebook vice-president, told reporters on a call Friday.

"Today's update from Facebook is significant now that it is confirmed that the data of millions of users was taken by the perpetrators of the attack", the Irish Data Protection Commission wrote on Twitter. The attackers then obtained access tokens for about 29 million users who were friends, or friends of friends, of these 400,000 seed accounts.

Access tokens work sort of like a digital set of keys and are what allow you to stay logged in with the Facebook app rather than entering your password every time you want to access the site.

On Friday, the data gathering biz said a mere 30 million people were robbed of their authentication tokens.

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Facebook said last month that it detected the attack when it noticed an uptick in user activity.

While that information may seem innocuous since it doesn't include things like payment information, private chats within Facebook Messenger, photographs, etc., the hackers could still likely profit immensely from all that data.

You will see here whether your account was impacted by last month's security breach.

Facebook's data breach was smaller than first feared, the network has now said, but for those most seriously affected losses are vast and highly personal.

Rosen said the FBI investigation also limited what he could disclose about what the hackers' end-goal may have been, but maintained that Facebook had "no reason to believe this attack was related to the mid-term elections" in the U.S.

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