Update: Facebook has just announced additional details on last month’s data breach. The company now says that only 30 million accounts had their access tokens stolen instead of the 50 million they had originally believed, and of those 30 million, 15 million users just had their emails and phone numbers taken. Worse, however, is that for 14 million unlucky users, the hackers were able to access both email info and phone numbers plus their “username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or Pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches” as well. Thankfully, 1 million users of the targeted attack had no data stolen at all. In an updated post on Facebook’s newsroom, the company says it’s working with the FBI, who is actively investigating the situation, and therefore can’t reveal who they believe were behind the attack. Original story follows below… Earlier this week Facebook discovered a breach in its security that compromised the data of nearly 50 million accounts. The announcement that the breach occurred was made on Friday and while authorities have been contacted, but Facebook has yet to discover where the attack came from or the full scope of it. The breach was discovered by Facebook’s engineering team Tuesday morning and, according to a post on Facebook’s newsroom, the company says that 90 million users were forced to log… [Read full story]
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