FACEBOOK SAYS 29M ACCOUNTS AFFECTED BY DATA BREACH
NEW YORK» Facebook says hackers accessed a wide swath of information — ranging from emails and phone numbers to more personal details such as sites visited and places checked into — from millions of accounts as part of a security breach the company disclosed just two weeks ago.
Twentynine 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 before the Nov. 6 midterm elections when Facebook is fighting off misuse of its site on a number of fronts. The company said Friday there’s no evidence this is related to the midterm elections.
Facebook said Friday that hackers accessed names, email addresses or phone numbers from these accounts. For 14 million of them, hackers got even more data, such as hometown, birth date, the last 10 places they checked into or the 15 most recent searches.
An additional 1 million accounts were affected, but hackers didn’t get any information from them.