Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Rogue browser extension blamed for theft of millions of Facebook private messages

Facebook hacked Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users' accounts
Mandy Jefferson | 04 November, 2018, 07:22

Hackers stole the private messages of more than 81,000 Facebook accounts, and sold them for 10 cents per account, the BBC reports.

The personal data of 257,000 Facebook users, including the private messages of 81,000 users, has been freely available online since early September, shared by what may be Russian hackers, a BBC Russian Service investigation said on Friday. At least in one case, the data published included "intimate correspondence between two lovers", according to the report. "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.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech.

Rosen had said that Facebook fixed the vulnerability and reset the access tokens for a total of 90 million accounts - 50 million that had access tokens stolen and 40 million that were subject to a "View As" look-up in 2017.

The little icons sit alongside your URL address bar patiently waiting for you to click on them.

Facebook's data breaches and its inability to curb the rise of misinformation on its platform, have put the tech giant under growing public and government scrutiny.

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Facebook believes a rogue browser extension is to blame for the theft. These messages were then apparently offered for sale via several websites, one of which was tracked to Russian Federation.

While this might sound reminiscent of the recent Facebook hack that compromised the personal data of some 30 million users that also happened last month, this attack is different than - and completely unrelated to - that previous attack.

But Digital Shadows told the BBC that this claim was doubtful because it was unlikely Facebook would have missed such a large breach.

He said that the information had nothing to do with either data leak.

John Smith did not explain why he had not advertised his services more widely.

Earlier this year, Facebook was embroiled in a scandal after it was revealed that a London-based political consultancy Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed user information to build profiles on American voters that were later used to help elect US President Donald Trump in 2016.

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