Private messages of 120 mn Facebook users hacked, says BBC report

If you're a Facebook user your data may be compromised

Hackers have reportedly compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook accounts, offering to sell access for $0.10 (£0.08) per account in an advert that has since been taken offline.

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As per an investigation by BBC, 120 million Facebook users' private messages have been hacked, and snatched from them. BBC independently verified with the help of cyber-security company Digital Shadows that the compromised data of the 81,000 users included private messages.

According to the report, many of these accounts are based in Ukraine and Russian Federation, though some are from other countries, including the US, the United Kingdom and Brazil.

Facebook claimed that its security was not breached and that the hackers obtained the data through malicious browser extensions. "We have also contacted law enforcement and have worked with local authorities to remove the website that displayed information from Facebook accounts", Facebook executive Guy Rosen told the publication.

In the previous year, Facebook has been hit with more than a few scandals surrounding how it handles our personal data. These hackers said they are trying to sell the information, but offered no proof of any sort that they had the data.

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Clarifies that public access among other things was laid out, and personal correspondence users.

This report was revealed by BBC Russia. Digital Shadows also corroborated the 81,000 figure, and reported that one of these sites, tracked to St. Petersburg, also distributed the LokiBot trojan to its users.

Its IP address has also been flagged by the Cybercrime Tracker service. "Our database includes 120 million accounts", a certain FBSaler wrote in an undisclosed internet forum.

Although, it may not be Facebook's fault.

It seems that the majority of the hack happened with Russian and Ukrainian users, but there are instances of UK, US, Brazil users as well. The social networking website is back in news once again because of an alleged data breach.

The BBC noted that it's unlikely Facebook would've missed such a huge breach.

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