The attackers exploited Facebook’s code between July 17 and September 18 this year. This is the worst incident regarding security that affected many users whose personal data was stolen.
The data breach Facebook disclosed is not as bad as the company thought the number affected users now dropping from 50 million to 29 million through the investigation. View as functionality the world’s largest social media platform, while some 50 million tokens were vulnerable to being stolen by abusing the bug, only about 29 million of them were actually taken and used for comprising Facebook user. – Guy Rosen, Product Management VP
“The attackers were not able to access messenger inboxes with the technique gut gained access to names and contact details, such as email addresses and phone numbers of 15 million people and another 14 million Facebook users had the same info. Leaked but were also compromised in regards to other static data sets”, he added.
Hackers attacked 29 million accounts last month, which was earlier estimated at 50 million users, but the actual number was disclosed on Friday by Facebook.
This year, a University of Cambridge researcher was found collecting information on 87 million Facebook users through an app and sharing it with an analytics company, he also mentioned that we would learn from Facebook and other regulators.
Facebook announced some changes to its privacy earlier this season, after which the Japanese committee will promote better information disclosure.
How to check if your account is affected or not? Visit “Help Center then you will see a customized message which is been sent to the 30 million people who were affected for the explanation of the information the attackers may have accessed”.
Though the Facebook breach did not include Messenger, Messenger kids, Instagram, WhatsApp and etc.