It’s another big malicious attack on Facebook. 120 million Facebook accounts are now hacked and the hackers have gained access to private messages. They have publishes those private messages of 81,000 accounts for generating money – BBC Report. Many of the compromised accounts originated from Russia and Ukraine, but some also belonged to users in the US, UK, and elsewhere. The BBC spoke to several Russian users who had their messages stolen. Users had photos from a Depeche Mode concert and holiday events stolen as part of the hack.
The first security breach was discovered in September and the messages were obtained through unnamed rogue browser extensions. The hackers offered to sell the access for ten cents per an account. Digital Trends says that the latest hack involves the use of browser extensions. So, it is a best practice to check the source of extension that is coming from and the permissions that are requesting to grant the access.
Guy Rose, Vice President of Product Management at Facebook said that their systems were not breached and they have contacted browse makers to ensure that known those known malicious extensions are no longer available to download. Facebook has also contacted law enforcement and worked with local authorities to remove the website that displayed the information from the Facebook accounts. Facebook admitted that hackers have stolen the access tokens of 50 million user accounts in October. The breach came into light in September, when a user nicknamed FBSaler advertised “We sell personal information of Facebook users. Our database includes 120 million accounts,” on an internet forum.