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13 October 2018, 12:28 | Joann Bryant
Hackers accessed data of 29 million Facebook users
In its update, Facebook said that the company was cooperating with the American law-enforcement agency and that 30 million people were affected, down from its original estimate of 50 million. And for 14 million more people, the hackers were able to get a lot more information, like username, gender, relationship status, religious, birthday, and a ton of other information including things you've searched for. But beyond learning what information the attackers accessed, there's relatively little that users can do - beyond, that is, watching out for suspicious emails or texts.
For those initial victims, the attackers could see timeline posts, friend lists, what groups people were members of, and whom people had recently sent messages to.
Lawmakers and investors have grown more concerned that Facebook is not doing enough to safeguard data. The company said Friday there's no evidence this is related to the midterms. The Nasdaq composite index gained 2.29 per cent.
Users can check whether they were affected, and what information was accessed, by visiting Facebook's help center. "We know we will always face threats from those who want to take over accounts or steal information".
"The bottom line is that all this data is still out there", said Corey Milligan, a senior researcher with cyber-security firm Armor.
Rosen revealed that while the attackers' intent has not been determined, they did not appear to be motivated by the upcoming U.S. mid-term Congressional election on November 6.
In 2012, companies like Visa Inc licensee, J C Penney Co, JetBlue Airways Corp and French retailer Carrefour SA were attacked by hackers, resulting in a collective loss of up to $300 million.
Facebook users can relax and get back to interacting with quality content and authentic individuals on the social network. To start, Facebook recounts the past hack, starting with the code that was available between June 2017 and September 2018.
Rosen also said Facebook did not find any evidence suggesting the tokens were used with the Facebook Login feature either, which would have allowed the attacker to log into third-party apps via Facebook tokens.
Facebook has also established a Web page that will inform users who are logged in whether their accounts were affected.
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