Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Facebook hackers accessed more private information than previously revealed

Facebook hackers accessed more private information than previously revealed

Meanwhile, another expert on cybersecurity, Sanjay Kaushik said that as a result of the attack, hackers can potentially hack into Facebook users' bank accounts, steal their identities etc.

Facebooks reset the accounts of 50 million users it though were affected, meaning users need to sign in again using passwords.

Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen told reporters that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has asked the company to limit descriptions of the attackers due to an ongoing inquiry. If they think you're safe, you'll see this message: "Based on what we've learned so far, your Facebook account has not been impacted by this security incident". Over the next few days, the company will also be sending out customized messages to the 30 million users, explaining what data was accessed by the hackers and what steps they can take.

Affected users will be able to discern whether they were part of the 15 million users whose name and contact information was accessed, or the 14 million that had broader information accessed.

The company announced Friday that hackers had gained access to 29 million personal accounts in a massive data breach two weeks ago. For 15 million people, attackers accessed two sets of information - name and contact details (phone number, email, or both, depending on what people had on their profiles).

To find out if your account has been affected, Facebook has provided this link. Facebook will also send messages directly to those people affected by the hack.

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The attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook's code that impacted "View As" a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. That included posts on their Facebook timelines, and names of recent Facebook Messenger conversations.

"We haven't ruled out the possibility of smaller-scale, low-level access attempts during the time the vulnerability was exposed".

Facebook said it was continuing to investigate whether the attackers took actions beyond stealing data, such as posting from accounts but had not found additional misuse. The tech company has now issued an update that allows users to check whether they have been the victim of the data breach.

This particular Facebook security breach did not affect Messenger, Messenger Kids, Instagram, Whats App, Oculus, Workplace, Pages, payments, third-party apps or advertising or developer accounts. At 1 million accounts were hacked but the hackers had no access to data.

The breach was the latest embarrassment for Facebook, which acknowledged earlier this year that, a political firm working for Donald Trump in 2016. The company said it will continue to investigate "other ways the people behind this attack used Facebook".

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