Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Private Messages of 120 mn Facebook Users Hacked

Private Messages of 120 mn Facebook Users Hacked

The hackers claimed to have access to 120 million accounts, but only around 81,000 seemed genuine.

The hackers claim to have details from 120 million accounts. Behind the scenes, though, the extension would connect to Facebook and steal information from a victim's logged in account.

"The breach as first discovered in September when a user going by the name FBSaler posted this on the social media: " We sell personal information of Facebook users.

Guy Rosen, Facebook's VP Product Management, said the company has contacted browser makers to ensure the infected extensions are no longer offered for download in their stores.

Digital Shadows also confirmed that personal information such as phone numbers and email addresses from another 176,000 accounts was published, but that it may have been scraped because the accounts in question had not hidden it.

Numerous compromised accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russian Federation, but some are from the USA, the UK, Brazil and other countries, the BBC reported Friday.

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The social network is also working with local authorities to remove the website where the sample data was posted. The messages included holiday pictures, complaints about a son-in-law, and an "intimate" conversation between two lovers.

Without naming the extensions, Facebook explains that these malicious extensions quietly monitored users' activity, and sent data back to the hackers, without the users' knowledge.

Independent cyber-experts have told the BBC that if rogue extensions were indeed the cause, the browsers' developers might share some responsibility for failing to vet the programs, assuming they were distributed via their marketplaces.

India tried its luck by asking the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to look into the Cambridge Analytica breach, but we all know how that panned out.

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

When asked about a possible connection to the Russian state or Kremlin-run programs like the Internet Research Agency, a representative for the hacking group only identified as John Smith said there was no connection.

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