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Facebook Hack: FBI Doesn't Want Users to Know Who Was Behind Data Breach

FBI asks Mark Zuckerberg's firm not to reveal who hacked Facebook

 on 14th October 2018 @ 8.00pm
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The FBI doesn't want users to know who hacked Facebook

The FBI has asked Facebook not to reveal who was behind the recent data breach that saw hackers steal contact information of 30 million users, according to a Facebook security update Friday.

As Neon Nettle previously reported, hackers accessed Facebook's servers and stole the names, emails, and phone numbers of millions of the social media giant's users.

Of those 30 million, more in-depth information for 14 million users was taken, including check-ins, birthdate, birth town, and even the persons' research search history.

According to Business Insider’s Rob Price, the breach “appears to be the worst hack in Facebook’s 14-year history." 

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The contact information of 30 million Facebook users was stolen by hackers

As the Daily Caller reported, hackers took advantage of an intersection of three different and distinct bugs in Facebook’s website to gain “access tokens” to users’ accounts, according to Guy Rosen, the vice president of product management at Facebook.

“We’re cooperating with the FBI, which is actively investigating and asked us not to discuss who may be behind this attack,” Rosen wrote in a post entitled An Update on the Security Issue.”

“Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app,” according to Rosen.

Facebook’s security update breaks down the 30 million affected users by how much data was accessed by hackers.

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The breach was described as Facebook's worst ever hack

A lucky 1 million users had no information scraped from their accounts by hackers.

For 14 million users, access tokens were used to access “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,” according to Rosen.

The other 15 million users had only their name and phone number and, or email compromised.

Facebook has promised to send “customized messages” to the millions of users impacted by the breach to explain how and to what extent their personal information was compromised.

Facebook also set up a Help Center where users can check the status of their account and see if their information may have gotten into the wrong hands.

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