Private Facebook Messages From 81K Accounts for Sale Online

05 November, 2018, 00:13 | Author: Leah Owens
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Hackers have reportedly compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook accounts, offering to sell access for $0.10 (£0.08) per account in an advert that has since been taken offline. Now, another report has surfaced online claiming that private messages of 81,000 users are being sold on the internet.

We will keep you updated, as more details come in.

In the past year, Facebook has been hit with more than a few scandals surrounding how it handles our personal data. "Malicious extensions can be used to intercept and manipulate the data passing through the browser", Holland said.

Bookmarking applications, mini-puzzle games, and personal shopping assistants are some of the offers you will see from different browsers including Firefox, Opera, and Chrome as third-party extensions. But the fact that they are aware of it means that it's probably been removed from the browser stores, if it was ever on them in the first place.

The breaches at Facebook's end are becoming worryingly regular and it doesn't help that the disclosure happens long after the hacker has accessed all the data. This includes names, email addresses, and phone numbers.

Last month in October, cyber attackers stole data from 29 million Facebook accounts using an automated programme that moved from one friend to the next. If initially it was said about 50 million pages hacked, in the end, it turned out that there were about 30 million.

The BBC Russian Service contacted five Russian Facebook users whose private messages had been uploaded and confirmed the posts were theirs.

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The BCC was able to verify the authenticity of some of those messages by contacting users impacted by the hack.

The platform where the data was posted appears, or has been made to appear, to have Russian links.

This is no WannaCry.

It doesn't seem like this group of hackers has anything super salacious.

Bigger picture: Facebook is well aware of its security issues.

According to BBC, who posed as potential buyers, the hackers are not linked to the Russian state or to the Internet Research Agency.

The hackers said they obtained the information through a browser extension.

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