30 million Facebook users have personal data accessed by hackers

Hackers accessed data of 29 million Facebook users

And in addition to saying the breach ultimately affected about 30 million users instead of the 50 million it first reported, Facebook said the hack started among 400,000 people closest to the attackers.

According to a company blog post, attackers found a vulnerability in the code and used Facebook's "View As" feature to steal access tokens created to allow people to stay logged in.

The hackers stole name and contact details for 29 million users, and took data including birth dates, employers, education and lists of friends from around 14 million users.

However, unlike other major hacks involving big companies, Facebook said it had no plans to provide protection services for concerned users.

Facebook today revealed more information about the September data breach that potentially affected up to 50 million users.

Facebook now says nearly 30 million users were affected by a giant hack, but that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has asked it not to reveal the identity of the suspected culprit.

Facebook has also established a Web page that will inform users who are logged in whether their accounts were affected. But, if you are anxious whether you are one of the impacted users, here is how to confirm in a few simple steps.

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.

Facebook said last month that it detected the attack when it noticed an uptick in user activity.

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As recounted by Rosen, the attackers took advantage of a vulnerability in Facebook's code that existed between July 2017 and September 2018.

Facebook says the attack didn't impact Messenger, Messenger Kids, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, Workplace, Pages, payments, third-party apps, or advertising or developer accounts.

At the time, CEO Mark Zuckerberg - whose own account was compromised - said attackers would have had the ability to view private messages or post on someone's account, but there's no sign that they did.

"We don't have a specific indication as to the intention of the hackers", said Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice president of product management. Over the coming days, Facebook will begin alerting people whose information was exposed, which will let them know whether they were part of the 14 million or 15 million group.

The hackers stole the tokens for, but did not access the data on, another 1 million accounts.

"There's not much more that Facebook can do", said Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities.

The company has a website its 2 billion global users can use to check if their accounts have been accessed, and if so, exactly what information was stolen.

The company said that it may still not know the full extent of the attack and wasn't ruling out the possibility of other "smaller-scale attacks" linked to the breach.

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