Private Messages of 120 mn Facebook Users Hacked

Private Messages of 120 mn Facebook Users Hacked

Private Messages of 120 mn Facebook Users Hacked

What's going on: Hackers told BBC News they have access to 120 million accounts, which they are attempting to sell to interested parties.

The data trove has surfaced shortly after Facebook confirmed that 29 million users had their accounts accessed by hackers.

The hackers said they obtained the information through a browser extension. "Malicious extensions can be used to intercept and manipulate the data passing through the browser", Holland said. Adding to the troubles of the world's largest social media network, which has over 2 billion users across the world, is another data breach targeting personal messages of thousands of users. Now, another report has surfaced online claiming that private messages of 81,000 users are being sold on the internet.

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"We have contacted browser-makers to ensure that known malicious extensions are no longer available to download in their stores", Guy Rose, Vice President of Product Management at Facebook, was quoted as saying.

The victims seems to primarily stem from Russian Federation and Ukraine, however affected accounts come from all over the world including the UK, US, Brazil and beyond. This included chats from different users about a recent Depeche Mode concert, photographs of a recent holiday, complaints about a son-in-law as well as intimate conversation between two lovers on Facebook.

"Browsers like Chrome can be very secure, but browser extensions can introduce serious gaps in their armour".

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Facebook, for one, claims its systems have not been breached, according to the report.

According to The Information, Facebook is in talks to buy a major cybersecurity company to help protect users.

For example, if the Facebookers implicated in the "hack" happened to share information such as personal addresses, telephone numbers, or banking information (you never know) then the illegal transactions holds more than just its nominal value.

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When asked about a possible connection to the Russian state or Kremlin-run programs like the Internet Research Agency, a representative for the hacking group only identified as John Smith said there was no connection.

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