Facebook: Hackers accessed 29 million accounts in security breach

Posted at 11:02 AM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 17:21:54-04

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook says hackers accessed data from 29 million accounts as part of the security breach disclosed two weeks ago.

The exact number hadn’t been known before. Originally Facebook said 50 million accounts could have been affected, but Facebook didn’t know if they had been misused.

The hackers accessed name, email addresses or phone numbers from those 29 million accounts. For 14 million of those accounts, hackers got even more data, such as hometown, birthdate, the last 10 places they checked into or 15 most recent searches. One million accounts were affected but hackers didn’t gain information. The social media service plans to send messages to people whose accounts were hacked.

Facebook says third-party apps and Facebook apps like WhatsApp and Instagram were unaffected by the breach.

Facebook is offering a website for people to check if their accounts have been accessed, and if so, exactly what information was stolen. It will also provide guidance on how to spot and deal with suspicious emails or texts. Facebook will also send messages directly to those people.

Visit Facebook’s help center for more. It will automatically tell you if your account was impacted if you are logged into your profile.

Facebook says it has already fixed the vulnerability, which stemmed from three distinct bugs in Facebook’s code.

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