[15th Oct, 2018]
Late last month Facebook announced its worst-ever security breach that allowed an unknown group of hackers to steal secret access tokens for millions of accounts by taking advantage of a flaw in the ‘View As’ feature. According to the latest report, Facebook estimated that the number of users affected by the breach could have been around 50 million, though a new update published today by the social media giant downgraded this number to 30 million.
The Facebook vice president of product management Guy Rosen informed that the hackers stole data from those affected accounts, as;
- 15 million Facebook users, attackers accessed two sets of information: usernames and contact information including phone numbers, email addresses and other contact information depending on what users had on their profiles.
- For about 14 million Facebook users, attackers accessed an even wider part of their personal data, including the same two sets of information mentioned above, along with other details users had on their profiles, like gender, language, relationship status, religion, hometown, current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches.
- A remaining 1 million Facebook users did not have any personal data accessed by the attackers.
Cyber Security Tips:
- Facebook said users can check whether they were affected by the breach by visiting the social network’s Help Center.