Facebook hackers sell private messages from 81,000 accounts

Facebook hackers sell private messages from 81,000 accounts

The report further says that most of the accounts whose personal messages and data has been compromised are based in Ukraine and Russian Federation.

As per a damning BBC report, private Facebook messages of almost 81,000 users are being sold on the internet for as low as $0.10 (Rs 7 approximately). The data was likely obtained through the use of malicious browser extensions, disguised as games or online tools. Rosen said the social network had notified law enforcement, had the website hosting the Facebook account data had been taken down.

In September 2018, Facebook faced another security breach that affected nearly 50 million users on its platform.

BBC also contacted some Russian Facebook users and confirmed that the private messages were theirs. But as you'd expect, there are also more sensitive discussions, including "intimate correspondence between two lovers", as the BBC describes it.

One of the IP addresses belongs to the Russian hosting provider King Servers - 6 of the 8 addresses that were passed to the attack on the servers of the US Democratic party in 2016, was also assigned to the King Servers.

Facebook said it is this one of this extension that monitors the activities of victims on the platform before sending private conversations and personal details back to the hackers.

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Facebook has insisted that no hack has taken place in this regard.

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.

Facebook, on its part, has reached out to browser companies asking them to remove such extensions from their stores. So, when you create a website Fbserver was stated from the Russian mail service Mail.ru.

The breach was first discovered in September. The advertiser was asked if the breached accounts were the same as those involved in either the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

A reply from username "John Smith" indicated that this latest information is unconnected to the previous incidents. These hackers said they are trying to sell the information, but offered no proof of any sort that they had the data. Digital Shadows, a cyber-security company further examined the claims by this user on behalf of BBC.

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