Hackers hacked Private Messages of 120 Million Facebook Accounts

Hackers hacked Private Messages of 120 Million Facebook Accounts

The breach forced millions of Facebook's users across the globe to log out of their accounts as the company "reset the access tokens of the nearly 50 million accounts that were affected to protect their security".

In an emailed statement to various publications, Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice president of product management wrote, "Based on our investigation so far, we believe this information was obtained through malicious browser extensions installed off of Facebook".

The BBC understands numerous users whose details have been compromised are based in Ukraine and Russian Federation. But who knows if we'll also be affected!

The report adds that hackers were trying to sell an account for 10 cents. However, their advert has since been taken offline.

The data breach was first picked up in September, when a user named FBSaler began advertising "personal information of 120 million Facebook users" on an English-speaking internet forum. Our database includes 120 million accounts, with the possibility of selection on specific countries.

As per a BBC report, the hackers appear to have found a way to steal the private messages of thousands of Facebook users - 81,000 to be exact. The BBC contacted five Russian Facebook users and confirmed that the Facebook messages being offered for sale were real.

Its IP address has also been flagged by the Cybercrime Tracker service.

Who should take the blame?

Independent cyber experts express that if the extension was the reason for this hack, then the developers of these browsers have a huge responsibility to share regarding their failure to vet the programs before distributing it to the marketplace. But Facebook said it has put multiple measures in place to make sure the hackers don't hack more accounts. And the hackers themselves, when contacted by the BBC, said the data had nothing to with the recent security breach or the data stemming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

In response, they said that the information had nothing to do with either data leak.

It seems though that one Russian "hacking" website is offering something rather concerning.

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