Facebook: Hackers accessed personal data from 29M users
NEW YORK >> Facebook says hackers accessed a wide swath of information — ranging from emails and phone numbers to more personal details like sites visited and places checked into — from millions of accounts as part of a security breach the company disclosed two weeks ago.
Twenty-nine million accounts had some form of information stolen. Originally, Facebook said 50 million accounts were affected but that it didn’t know if they had been misused. The news comes at a jittery time ahead of the midterm elections, when Facebook is fighting off misuse of its site on a number of fronts. The company said Friday there’s no evidence it is tied to midterms.
Facebook said hackers accessed names, email addresses or phone numbers from those accounts. For 14 million of them, hackers got even more data, such as hometown, birthdate, the last 10 places they checked into or the 15 most recent searches.