Private messages of 120 mn Facebook users hacked

Ruben Fields
November 3, 2018

The data was posted on an online forum by hackers claiming to have access to the personal data of 120 million accounts, offering to sell them at 10 cents per profile, the BBC writes.

The hackers claim to have details from 120 million accounts. These hackers were also only able to obtain Facebook conversations - snippets of text sent between users - rather than users' personal information that's stored on Facebook servers. "Malicious extensions can be used to intercept and manipulate the data passing through the browser", Holland said. The report stated that in addition to the 81,000 accounts whose private messages were leaked online, data from additional 176,000 accounts were also made available but email addresses and phone numbers could have been scraped from members who not hidden it.

The BBC understands numerous users whose details have been compromised are based in Ukraine and Russian Federation.

Facebook became aware of the website hawking information from user accounts and started investigating about a month ago.

Personal shopping assistants, bookmarking applications and even mini-puzzle games are all on offer from various browsers such as Chrome, Opera and Firefox as third-party extensions.

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The big picture: The latest security breach involving Facebook may not be the company's fault.

Independent cyber-experts have told the BBC that if rogue extensions were indeed the cause, the browsers' developers might share some responsibility for failing to vet the programs, assuming they were distributed via their marketplaces.

Facebook believes a rogue browser extension is to blame for the theft. Upon further investigation, BBC learned that the new data breach was not linked with the Cambridge Analytica scandal or the recent data breach in September. On multiple occasions, it contacted local authorities to get the site brokering stolen information taken down.

When asked about a possible connection to the Russian state or Kremlin-run programs like the Internet Research Agency, a representative for the hacking group only identified as John Smith said there was no connection.

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