Private messages from 81,000 Facebook accounts advertised for sale by Russian hackers

Private messages of 81,000 Facebook users leaked online

Private messages of 81,000 Facebook users leaked online

The BBC reports that a shady group had reached out to them attempting to sell Facebook data on what the hackers claim, dubiously, is 120 million accounts. Nor is there evidence that information for 120 million user accounts had been obtained - the kind of sizable breach that would hardly escape notice. Rosen did not specify the name of the browser extension that allegedly sent personal details and private messages of users back to the hackers. However, this new stolen data appears to have been obtained through malicious browser add-ons. Adding to the troubles of the world's largest social media network, which has over 2 billion users across the world, is another data breach targeting personal messages of thousands of users.

"We have contacted browser-makers to ensure that known malicious extensions are no longer available to download in their stores", Facebook executive Guy Rosen told the BBC. Most of the users included in the samples were from Russian Federation and the Ukraine, but the hackers apparently also were able to breach the accounts of users from the USA and the United Kingdom.

"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", continued the BBC report. However, the BBC did confirm that more than 81,000 accounts published as a sample contained private messages and that five Russian users affirmed that their messages were among them. Compromised data reportedly included chats about a recent Depeche Mode concert, complaints about a son-in-law, intimate conversations between lovers, and photos of a recent holiday as well.

"Browsers like Chrome can be very secure, but browser extensions can introduce serious gaps in their armour".

Unlike the September hack though, this time Facebook isn't really to be blamed.

But Facebook said it has put multiple measures in place to make sure the hackers don't hack more accounts.

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.

Recommended News

  • Research: NASA retires Kepler Space Telescope

    Research: NASA retires Kepler Space Telescope

    Scientists will spend "a decade or more in search of new discoveries in the treasure trove of data Kepler provided". This light would allow astronomers to take the spectrum of a planet and look for signs of habitability - and life.
    Chinese companies indicted for stealing Micron trade secrets

    Chinese companies indicted for stealing Micron trade secrets

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters at a news conference at the State Department in Washington on October 23. The trade secrets at stake are valued at up to US$8.75 billion, according to the indictment . "We appreciate the U.S.
    Derrick Lewis Holds Hilarious Q&A At UFC 230 Open Workouts

    Derrick Lewis Holds Hilarious Q&A At UFC 230 Open Workouts

    The heavyweight challenger fights for UFC gold against Daniel Cormier this weekend in NY , and he's talking up his clash in epic style.
  • 'Just Ask Hillary': 'Outnumbered' on Impact of Oprah, Hollywood on Midterm Voters

    'Just Ask Hillary': 'Outnumbered' on Impact of Oprah, Hollywood on Midterm Voters

    If elected, Abrams would be the first black woman elected governor in the country. She shared, " Georgia you've been on my mind and here's why".
    Alec Baldwin Arrested After Fight in NY

    Alec Baldwin Arrested After Fight in NY

    He was arrested for disorderly conduct in 2014 and was acquitted following an alleged scuffle with a photographer in the 1990s. Police say Baldwin claimed he had a family member holding the spot when a man driving a station wagon pulled up and took it.
    Ariana Grande Gets Real About Her Anxiety During BBC Music Special

    Ariana Grande Gets Real About Her Anxiety During BBC Music Special

    The songstress has had a tumultuous 18 months and says she has at times found it hard to remain upbeat about certain things.
  • Trump seeks deal with Xi this month

    Trump said he and Xi plan to meet during a gathering of the Group of 20 major economies this month in Argentina. China's official Xinhua News Agency said that Xi accepted the call at Trump's invitation.
    Barbra Streisand to drop anti-Trump album and star in 'Carpool Karaoke'

    Barbra Streisand to drop anti-Trump album and star in 'Carpool Karaoke'

    The legendary singer has a new album coming out Friday titled " Walls " that, she said , embodies her feelings about Trump and his presidency.
    Barbra Streisand Takes the Wheel for Carpool Karaoke

    Barbra Streisand Takes the Wheel for Carpool Karaoke

    Streisand has battled stage fright most of her career, which once led to her taking a 27-year hiatus from touring. To calm her nerves, Streisand turns to her motto: "Let go and let God".
  • Buhari Congratulates Brazil’s Bolsonaro On Election Victory

    Buhari Congratulates Brazil’s Bolsonaro On Election Victory

    Bolsonaro, who will be sworn in on January 1, defeated former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad in a runoff election held Sunday. Markets are keenly watching efforts to overhaul the bloated pension system, which have stalled because of the political cost.
    New hero Ashe and McCree short ‘Reunion’ revealed

    New hero Ashe and McCree short ‘Reunion’ revealed

    Blizzard unveiled the next Overwatch hero during Blizzcon today: Elizabeth Caledonia "Calamity" Ashe , better known as Ashe. Ashe's ultimate ability summons Bob, her robot that'll rush toward enemies knocking them skyward while shooting his weapons.
    Mystery of Saudi sisters found tied together in Hudson River

    Mystery of Saudi sisters found tied together in Hudson River

    Tala Farea had been missing from Fairfax since August 24, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She said Tala was visiting Rotana in NY but that she'd lost touch with both about a week before the bodies washed ashore.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.