Personal Facebook Messages Of 81,000 Users Up For Sale

Yolanda Curtis
November 3, 2018

The hackers allege that they have personal data of over 120 million Facebook account holders, and they are looking to sell it at $0.10 per account.

In the biggest-ever security breach after Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook in October admitted that hackers broke into almost 50 million users' accounts by stealing their "access tokens" or digital keys. Rosen did not specify the name of the browser extension that allegedly sent personal details and private messages of users back to the hackers. The social network attempts to wash its hands of responsibility, blaming malicious browser extensions for the fault.

The breach first came to light in September, when a post from a user nicknamed FBSaler appeared on an English-language internet forum.

The other key difference between the two hacks are the targets: the personal information that was stolen seemed primarily to focus on American accounts while the more recent browser hack targeted users living in Ukraine and Russian Federation.

One example included photographs of a recent holiday, another was a chat about a recent Depeche Mode concert, and a third included complaints about a son-in-law.

Data from a further 176,000 accounts was also made available, although some of the information - including email addresses and phone numbers - could have been scraped from members who had not hidden it. "We have also contacted law enforcement and have worked with local authorities to remove the website that displayed information from Facebook accounts", Facebook executive Guy Rosen told the publication.

"Browsers like Chrome can be very secure, but browser extensions can introduce serious gaps in their armour". This included a sample of data that the BBC had an expert examine, confirming that over 81,000 profiles' private messages were included.

There was also an intimate correspondence between two lovers.

According to Digital Trends, the latest hack involves the use of browser extensions.

India tried its luck by asking the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to look into the Cambridge Analytica breach, but we all know how that panned out. The leaked data has since been taken down from the site it had originally been published on.

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