30 mil­lion Face­book users have data hacked

i Newspaper - - NEWS - By An­drew Grif­fin

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.

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