Hackers publish 81,000 private Facebook conversations2018-11-02 18:02 by Daniela
A hacker group has allegedly obtained private messages from 81,000 Facebook accounts and reportedly sold them for 10 cents per account. The affected accounts are based in Ukraine and Russia, though some are from other countries, including the U.S., the UK and Brazil.
Facebook became aware of the website hacking information from user accounts and started investigating about a month ago. The company said that its own security hadn't been compromised. Instead, hackers apparently used a malicious browser extension to access the impacted accounts.
"We have contacted browser-makers to ensure that known malicious extensions are no longer available to download in their stores. …We have also contacted law enforcement and have worked with local authorities to remove the website that displayed information from Facebook accounts," Facebook executive Guy Rosen told the BBC.
"We encourage people to check the browser extensions they've installed and remove any that they don’t fully trust. As we continue to investigate, we will take action to secure people’s accounts as appropriate," Rosen added.
News of the incident comes just weeks after Facebook revealed that hackers were able to gain access to 30 million accounts through a security vulnerability. The latter is now being blamed on spammers looking for information to target users with their advertising, and there seems to be no connection between the two incidents.
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