Facebook Hackers gain access to Pvt Messages of 120 Million Users

A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Hackers have gained access to private messages of nearly 120 million Facebook accounts and already published such messages from 81,000 accounts for generating money. According to BBC,  several users whose details have been compromised were based in Ukraine and Russia, but some were also from the UK, US, Brazil and elsewhere. “The hackers offered to sell access for 10 cents per account. However, their advert has since been taken offline,” it added.

The breach was discovered in September when a user named FBSaler put out an ad on an English-language internet forum offering access to the data at 10 cents a handle. It looks like the advertisement has since been taken down and no longer available. The messages were reportedly obtained through unnamed rogue browser extensions. Facebook, however, said its systems were not breached as part of the hack.

“We have contacted browser-makers to ensure that known malicious extensions are no longer available to download in their stores,” Guy Rose, Vice President of Product Management at Facebook, was quoted as saying. “We have also contacted law enforcement and have worked with local authorities to remove the website that displayed information from Facebook accounts,” he added.

Facebook is under the radar for security-related issues on it platform, after multiple reports of breach. Last month, the company posted about a vulnerability in its code that lets people preview how their profile appears for others. Facebook claimed that 30 million users had their access tokens stolen by exploiting 400,000 account

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