Two weeks back, Facebook said it had discovered a data breach affecting 50 million users and had informed local law enforcement.
There’s new information.
This is the bad part.
Of the 30 million hacked, only 1 million remained immune to the hacker’s data prying.
The worst: About 400,000 people served as the hackers’ entry point to the 30 million others on Facebook. For those 400,000, the attackers could see what the users see as they look at their own profiles. That included posts on their Facebook timelines and names of recent Facebook Messenger conversations.
The worse: Hackers accessed intimate information of about 14 million accounts, such as the last ten places that person checked into, their current city and their 15 most-recent searches.
The bad: For the other 15 million, the cyberthieves only accessed name and contact information.
The attackers wrote a computer code that crawled the compromised pages and copied information, which is known as “scraping”. That could leave victims vulnerable to further fraud attempts if the hackers still have their contact information and personal details.
Facebook did not reveal whether there was any specific group targeted by the hackers, the geographic location of the victims, or any potential motive. Facebook said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating and asked for some details to remain confidential.