Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Hackers stole the private messages of over 81,000 Facebook accounts

Hackers stole the private messages of over 81,000 Facebook accounts

Before the advertisement was removed, hackers attempted to sell access to the data for as little as 10 cents per account, according to the BBC.

The private Facebook messages of at least 81,000 people have reportedly been stolen, probably due to an exploit in a browser extension, and compromised accounts are now apparently up for sale for just $0.10 (£0.08) apiece.

BBC estimates that 81,000 accounts were believed to contain private and intimate messages originating from Russian and Ukranian users.

Talking to Wired, Facebook Executive Guy Rosen said, "We have contacted browser-makers to ensure that known malicious extensions are no longer available to download in their stories".

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. The perpetrators contacted the publication's Russian Service to claim that it could sell data from a staggering "120 million accounts" in its database. It says the address had been used to spread the LokiBot Trojan, which allows attackers to gain access to user passwords.

If you are thinking of using your Facebook Private Messages to share your holiday pictures, sensitive information or any information in this case, think again.

Facebook can't seem to catch a break when it comes to keeping its users' data safe.

The embattled network has had a bad year for data security and questions will be asked about whether it is proactive enough in responding to situations like this that affect large numbers of people.

While this might sound reminiscent of the recent Facebook hack that compromised the personal data of some 30 million users that also happened last month, this attack is different than - and completely unrelated to - that previous attack.

The breach was first discovered in September. However, the data on them could have been scraped from publicly-available information.

He claimed that his hacking group could offer data from 120 million users, of whom 2.7 million were Russians.

The BBC had the security company Digital Shadows confirm this theft by analyzing the "samples" posted on these websites.

Facebook is under the microscope ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light and the social networking platform is trying to deal with every situation carefully.

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