Face­book says hack­ers got ac­cess to 29m ac­counts

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Face­book says hack­ers ac­cessed data from 29 mil­lion ac­counts as part of the se­cu­rity breach dis­closed two weeks ago.

Orig­i­nally Face­book said 50 mil­lion ac­counts could have been af­fected, but they did not know if they had been mis­used.

The hack­ers ac­cessed names, email ad­dresses or phone num­bers from those 29 mil­lion ac­counts.

For 14 mil­lion of those ac­counts, hack­ers got even more data, such as home town, birth date, the last 10 places they checked into or 15 most re­cent searches. One mil­lion ac­counts were af­fected but no in­for­ma­tion was gained.

The so­cial me­dia ser­vice plans to send mes­sages to peo­ple whose ac­counts were hacked.

Face­book says the FBI is in­ves­ti­gat­ing, but au­thor­i­ties asked them not to dis­cuss who may be be­hind the at­tack, sug­gest­ing Face­book may know who is ac­tu­ally be­hind the breach.

Face­book has said the at­tack­ers gained the abil­ity to “seize con­trol” of those user ac­counts by steal­ing dig­i­tal keys the com­pany uses to keep users logged in.

They could do so by ex­ploit­ing three dis­tinct bugs in Face­book’s code.

The com­pany said it has fixed the bugs and logged out af­fected users to re­set those dig­i­tal keys.

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