Click here to see if your Facebook information was stolen

Eileen GuzmanOct 14, 2018

Facebook said today it was working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which had asked the company not to disclose who may be behind the attack.

A recent data breach saw hackers gain access to a wide range of information relating to millions of Facebook users, the social media company has said. An additional 14 million people had that information breached; as well as other details from their profile, including the device types they use to access Facebook, their education background, and employment data.

Rosen said they found no reason yet to believe hackers were in interested in people's information, rather that it appeared the mission was to harvest access tokens from friends associated with breached accounts. For 15 million, they obtained names, phone numbers, and email addresses, if present in their profiles.

No data was accessed in the accounts of the remaining one million people whose "access tokens" were stolen, according to Rosen. There was no Messenger content exposed, unless the affected person was a Page admin whose page received messages from someone, Facebook said. However, hackers apparently did not have access to any third-party app data. For those who don't know, Security Tokens or access tokens are digital encryption keys that are unique to an account and are stored to keep the user logged in so they don't have to enter passwords all the time. "If we find more Facebook accounts were impacted, we will reset their access tokens and notify those accounts". The hackers exploited Facebook's "view as" feature, which let people view their own profiles as others would see it.

But what should you do if your account has been affected?

The breach has left users more vulnerable to targeted phishing attacks and could deepen unease about posting to a service whose privacy, moderation and security practices have been called into question by a series of scandals, cybersecurity experts and financial analysts said. Access tokens obtained through a bug in the site's "View as ..." feature allowed hackers to sift through accounts and access sensitive data.

More than a week later, Facebook determined that the activity was an attack on its systems, focused on three interconnected vulnerabilities in the company's software. It did not say how many accounts were actually hacked though.

While Facebook has cautioned that the attack was not as large as it had originally anticipated - it forced 90 million users to log out so the security of their profiles would reset - the details of what was stolen anxious security experts.

You can check the complete details of data stolen during this massive security breach by heading over to this link.

Of those 30 million, the hackers stole data from 29 million users.

This sort of personal detail can help identity thieves accomplish hacks for years into the future. It also plans to share steps they can take to protect themselves from suspicious emails, text messages and phone calls.

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