Hack­ers ac­cessed per­sonal data of 29M accounts

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - OBITUARIES | NEWS -

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 this is re­lated to the midterms.

On Fri­day Face­book said hack­ers ac­cessed names, email ad­dresses or phone num­bers from these 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.

An ad­di­tional 1 mil­lion accounts were af­fected, but hack­ers didn’t get any in­for­ma­tion from them.

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