Face­book trims vic­tims of data breach to 29m

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

FACE­BOOK says cy­ber at­tack­ers used an au­to­mated pro­gram that moved from one friend to the next to steal data from 29 mil­lion of its user accounts and not the 50 mil­lion pro­files it ini­tially re­ported.

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

The breach has left users more vul­ner­a­ble to tar­geted phish­ing at­tacks and could deepen their un­ease about post­ing to a ser­vice whose pri­vacy, mod­er­a­tion and se­cu­rity prac­tices have been called into ques­tion by a series of scan­dals.

The at­tack­ers took pro­file de­tails such as birth dates, em­ploy­ers, ed­u­ca­tion his­tory, re­li­gious pref­er­ence, types of de­vices used, pages fol­lowed, re­cent searches and lo­ca­tion check-ins from 14 mil­lion users. For the other 15 mil­lion users, it was re­stricted to name and contact de­tails.

Face­book cut the num­ber of af­fected users from its orig­i­nal es­ti­mate af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­viewed ac­tiv­ity on accounts. Still, cy­ber-se­cu­rity ex­perts warned that the mil­lions of users were at risk of at­tack.

“The bot­tom line is that all this data is still out there,” Ar­mor Inc cy­ber-se­cu­rity re­searcher Corey Mil­li­gan said.

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