Facebook revealed on Friday that hackers gained access to the email addresses and phone numbers of nearly 30 million of its users, while gaining even more personal information on 14 million of those users, including the area in which they live, their relationship status and their religion.
Below we will provide you with information on what to do if you’re concerned that you may have been hacked.
Facebook announced that after a massive hacking breach, it is now cooperating with the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as, the Irish Data Protection Commission, which regulates the social media company in Europe.
Even though Facebook has now publicly announced that the hack occurred and how many people were affected, there are still many details about the breach that have not been made public.
Two weeks ago, Facebook first announced that attackers had gained access to 50 million user accounts – granting them the ability to login as those users.
However, on Friday, Facebook corrected those numbers.
“We now know that fewer people were impacted than we originally thought,” Facebook said. The company reduce their earlier estimate down to 30 million people who had been impacted.
Facebook said that 14 million of the now-revised to 30 million hacking victims had been hit the worst.
For those 14 million users, Facebook said that the hackers were able to gain access to their: “Username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthday, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last ten places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches.”
In a blog post, Facebook said people would be able to check whether they were affected by the attack by visiting a Facebook help center online. The company also said, that in the coming days, it will send customized messages to users affected by the breach explaining what personal information of theirs may have been accessed.
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After the attack, Facebook actively forced the logout of the 50 million user accounts that were exposed by the breach. Additionally, the company logged out another 40 million users as a precautionary measure.
Facebook also announced that it removed 800 accounts accused of spreading fake news. 251 accounts and 559 pages were removed that were suspected of coordinating the spread of misinformation and spam within the US. Facebook said that most of the activity from these accounts originated from within the country.