30 million Facebook users have personal data accessed by hackers

30 million Facebook users have personal data accessed by hackers
Facebook said today that it has experienced the biggest security breach in its history as 30 million users had their email addresses and phone numbers viewed by hackers. Nearly half of those 30 million also had other personal data accessed including the area where they live, their religious affiliation, relationship status and search history. Facebook says that it isn't sure whether other, "smaller-scale attacks" are involved with this breach.

According to Facebook,  the hackers were able to access the following information from the 14 million users who were hit hardest by the attack: "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."

To find out whether your personal data was accessed by the attackers, click on this link. Scroll down to a light blue box with the title "Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?" If your account was not compromised, you will see a message that reads "Based on what we've learned so far, your Facebook account has not been impacted by this security incident. If we find more Facebook accounts were impacted, we will reset their access tokens and notify those accounts."

If your account was accessed, the light blue box in the help center will look like the one in the image below.


Back on September 28th, Facebook originally announced that 50 million accounts had been vulnerable to attack thanks to a security breach. The breach allowed hackers to steal Facebook access tokens that allowed these attackers to access members' accounts. The company reset the tokens for the 50 million and an additional 40 million to play it safe. While Facebook said today that "We now know that fewer people were impacted than we originally thought," this is not the time for the firm to be gloating.

The FBI is "actively investigating" the breach and has told Facebook not to reveal the name of the group behind the hack, or make any other information public that could compromise its investigation.

source: CNN, @donie

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11 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

People still use this?

2. Subie

Posts: 2428; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I can guarantee you my account wasn't hacked!

10. almostdone

Posts: 450; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Yep I only ever have fake accounts with no real names or details.. Everything is being hacked these days... I only give my real details to things that matter/required.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Why invest time hacking this info when a billion users leave the same info on their public profile

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

It's all about bulk. It would take far longer to view those profiles than hack the servers.

5. alligator

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

If your account has been compromised please change your username, date of birth, gender and religion to avoid further issues.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

My blue box said "Based on what we've learned so far, your Facebook account has not been impacted by this security incident. If we find more Facebook accounts were impacted, we will reset their access tokens and notify those accounts." But it's still suck that this thing keep happening. (It's not like I care, I never fill any personal information on FB, aside from name, gender and email)

7. Foxgabanna unregistered

Who uses Facebook anymore? Dumb dumbs do.

8. Blazers

Posts: 766; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

While I personally don't like Facebook, what else is there now? No more G+, and Instagram is basically FB. Snapchat is garbage now.

9. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Because my mate is from another country, FB helps keep then in touch. Hacking is nothing new. You simply cant prevent it forecer. If it was easy to hack FB, it would have happened .ore often then we see it now.

11. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Who evers dumb enough to give their phone number to facebook deserves to get their info stolen.

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