Facebook Says Hackers Accessed Sensitive Personal Information On 29 Million Users

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If you were most likely not affected, the message will say: "Based on what we've learned so far, your Facebook account has not been impacted by this security incident".

Nearly 30 million Facebook users' phone numbers and email addresses were accessed by hackers in the biggest security breach in the company's history, Facebook said Friday.

The Facebook disclosure is part of a larger security breach of 50 million accounts it unveiled about two weeks ago. Another 14 million Facebook users had that same info leaked but were also compromised in regards to other static data sets, some of which were even more sensitive in nature and included information about their gender, relationship status, religious views, spoken languages, hometown, current city of residents, birthdays, and even devices used for accessing Facebook.

The breach has left users more vulnerable to targeted phishing attacks and could deepen their unease about posting to a service whose privacy, moderation and security practices have been called into question by a series of scandals, cybersecurity experts and financial analysts said. But beyond learning what information the attackers accessed, there's relatively little that users can do - beyond, that is, watching out for suspicious emails or texts.

The breach could affect users' willingness to use Facebook products. The vulnerability was the result of a complex interaction of three distinct software bugs and it impacted 'View As, ' a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. The FBI is actively investigating the hack and asked Facebook not to disclose any information about potential perpetrators, Rosen said.

Facebook says attackers exploited a feature in its code that allowed them to commandeer users' accounts. On the Facebook Help Center users can check if they have been affected and what information may have been accessed.

And for 1 million affected users, the hackers did not access any information.

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Photo Credit: Facebook. Customised messages that people will see depending on how they were impactedFacebook has, however, confirmed that this attack did not include Messenger, Messenger Kids, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, Workplace, Pages, payments, third-party apps, or advertising or developer accounts.

Facebook said last month that it detected the attack when it noticed an uptick in user activity. An investigation is underway by the Irish Data Protection Commission and Rosen said Facebook is also cooperating with the Federal Trade Commission and other authorities.

Access tokens work sort of like a digital set of keys and are what allow you to stay logged in with the Facebook app rather than entering your password every time you want to access the site.

Facebook said it is working with the FBI to investigate the biggest hack in its history.

The cyber attackers, however, did not gain access to information of the accounts of one million people.

Facebook said engineers discovered a breach on September 25 and had it patched two days later.

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