Facebook now says breach affected 29m accounts only

For those not affected
For those fairly affected
For those whom A LOT of data was taken

Facebook had originally admitted up to 50 million accounts were affected, in a cyber-attack that exploited a trio of software flaws to steal "access tokens", which enable the social media users to automatically log back onto platform.

On a conference call with reporters, Vice President of Product Management Guy Rosen said that at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the hack, Facebook isn't providing any information about who the attackers are or their motivations or intentions. According to them, hackers were able to access user data, therefore they don't have to worry about data leakage, reports our site. "Of the 50 million people whose access tokens we believed were affected, about 30 million actually had their tokens stolen" said Guy Rosen, the company's vice president of product management, in a statement. "For 14 million people, the attackers accessed the same two sets of information", Rosen wrote.

AT THE END of last month, Facebook made a bombshell disclosure: As many as 90 million of its users may have had their so-called access tokens-which keep you logged into your account, so you don't have to sign in every time-stolen by hackers.

Nearly 30 million Facebook users' phone numbers and email addresses were accessed by hackers in the biggest security breach in the company's history, Facebook said Friday.

In the coming days Facebook will be sending out personalized messages to each of the accounts compromised, detailing the extent of the information stolen and advice on how to avoid any damage the data theft could cause. Facebook says users can check to see if they were affected by visiting their Help Center.

A smaller slice of people were more heavily affected. View As is a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else.

The information the hackers accessed include timeline posts, lists of friends, Facebook groups, and "names of recent Messenger conversations". The company said it will continue to investigate "other ways the people behind this attack used Facebook". The Cambridge Analytica bombshell that dropped earlier this year in which personal data belonging to millions of Facebook profiles was harvested by the data analytics firm to target them with political ads was by far the biggest controversy to rock the company this year.

Facebook said it was continuing to investigate whether the attackers took actions beyond stealing data, such as posting from accounts but had not found additional misuse. Although there were 400,000 accounts, they managed to end up affecting 29 million accounts in the social network.

Previously, the company said only profile information exposed in the "View As" feature was accessed, which is basically a user's name, gender and hometown.



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