30 million Facebook users have data hacked
Some 30 million user accounts were stolen in a huge hack of Facebook, the company has confirmed.
The breach appears to have been carried out by an unnamed attacker, Facebook suggested. It said the FBI was “actively investigating” the hacker, and that it had been asked “not to discuss who may be behind this attack”.
The company had already announced that around 50 million users’ data had been exposed when hackers stole login keys that allowed them to access profiles. But it was not clear how many of them had actually been used.
Now it has admitted that in the attack personal data of 30 million people was stolen.
The hackers accessed names, email addresses or phone numbers from those 29 million accounts. For 14 million of those, hackers got even more data, such as home town, date of birth, the last 10 places they checked into or their 15 most recent searches. One million other accounts were affected but hackers did not gain information. The social media platform plans to send messages to people whose accounts were hacked. The attack did not affect other Facebook companies such as WhatsApp and Instagram.
The company said the attacker already had access to 400,000 user profiles, which it was then able to use to steal “access tokens” for those accounts’ friends.