Was your personal data compromised in the Facebook hack?

Was your personal data compromised in the Facebook hack?

An additional 1 million accounts were affected, but hackers didn't get any information from them. They started out with control of around 400,000 accounts, and shifted over to controlling accounts belonging friends of the first accounts. It's a pretty extensive list: user name, gender, locale or language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places you checked into or were tagged in, your website, people or Pages you follow and your 15 most recent searches.

Facebook announced that the recent data breach it has suffered is a little less massive than initially thought: "only" 30 million users have been affected.

"This attack did not include Messenger, Messenger Kids, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, Workplace, Pages, payments, third-party apps, or advertising or developer accounts", said Rosen.

Facebook's engineering team discovered a security issue where attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook's code regarding the "View As" feature on the 25th of September.

The lawsuit claims the security flaw allowed hackers to gain personal data leaving millions of people at risk of identity theft. Still, cyber security experts warned that attackers could use stolen information in targeted phishing scams.

While hackers used access tokens to fool the site into thinking the login was authorized, there's no indication they had access to Facebook passwords, and it may not be necessary to change them.

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Users can go here to find out if they have been directly affected, but the social networking giant is still not offering affected users any form of free identity fraud protection service. At the time, Facebook did not reveal that any personal information had been stolen, but now the social platform is saying that 29 million people have had their personal information accessed.

As a precaution, Facebook turned off "View As" and said it is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine the parties that might be responsible for the attack.

In all, the hackers stole "access tokens", a sort of digital set of keys, of 30 million people, Facebook said in its latest update.

Facebook's lead European Union data regulator, the Irish data protection commissioner, last week opened an investigation into the breach.

Another 40 millions accounts were also at risk in the biggest ever Facebook breach. "Usually when you're looking at a sophisticated government operation, then a couple of thousand people hacked is a lot, but they usually know who they're going after".

Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice president of product management, disclosed that the attackers abused a Facebook feature "view as", which enables users to view their own profile like others.

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