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Facebook: 30 Million Account Tokens Stolen, Not 50 Million

Facebook: 30 Million Account Tokens Stolen, Not 50 Million

Facebook said it is cooperating with federal and other authorities on its investigation but said the FBI had advised the company not to discuss who may be behind the attack.

Facebook says 20 million fewer accounts were breached than originally thought in one of the worst security incidents at the giant social network - 30 million instead of 50 million - but attackers made off with sensitive personal information from almost half of those users that could put them at serious risk including phone number and email address, recent searches on Facebook, location history and the types of devices people used to access the service. When Facebook first detailed the hack in late September, executives believed that about 50 million people were compromised, but after a few more weeks of investigating, the company trimmed the number by 30 million.

Facebook has revealed that millions of email addresses, phone numbers and other personal user information were compromised during a recent security breach. As if the company wasn't already having a tough time regaining the trust of its user base, Facebook's now announced that information for around 30 million people was exposed during an attack it shut down in September.

Rosen said that other Facebook services like Instagram, Oculus, WhatsApp, or Workplace were not impacted via the attack, nor were third-party apps that allow people use their Facebook accounts to log in.

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Facebook's vice president of product management Guy Rosen used a blog post today to share further details on the data the hackers stole from those affected accounts.

Ultimately, they stole sensitive personal information from 14 million accounts, including birth dates, recent search history and the last 10 locations where users were tagged. Facebook says it has since fixed the flaw but it had to also reset the access tokens of around 90 million users post the breach.

With an initial set of accounts under their control, the attackers, said Rosen, exploited the vulnerable code to run a script that collected access tokens from their friends and the friends of their friends, representing a group of about 400,000 people.

Now, if your account was accessed, you'll see a very different warning. Facebook users should also be wary of messages or emails claiming to be from Facebook, the company said.

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While Facebook has cautioned that the attack was not as large as it had originally anticipated - it forced 90 million users to log out so the security of their profiles would reset - the details of what was stolen anxious security experts.

You will see a box that will say whether attackers took your data, what they took, and more information as to how to proceed.

The security update added: 'And if anyone wants to take the precautionary action of logging out of Facebook, they should visit the "Security and Login" section in settings. This "grace period" used to be 14 days, but Business Insider reported last week that Facebook raised it to a month to give users an opportunity to reactivate their account if they get cold feet.

Patrick Moorhead, founder of Moor Insights & Strategy, said the breach appeared similar to identity theft breaches that have occurred at companies including Yahoo and Target in 2013.

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