Hackers accessed intimate information of 14 million Facebook users

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It said hackers could access an abundance of user data on 14 million people, including their name, email, phone number, hometown, current city, workplace, birthday, devices used to log into Facebook, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, and their 15 most recent searches.

Previously, Facebook said the attackers gained the ability to "seize control" of those user accounts by stealing digital keys the company uses to keep users logged in.

Once they had the tokens for the seed accounts, Rosen said the attackers used the tokens to access the 400,000 accounts and deployed scripts to harvest even more tokens at a larger and automated scale. Still, that leaves 30 million users out there that potentially have some of their sensitive information in a less-than-secure situation. This will delete everything you've ever put on Facebook - profile information, photos, status updates, timeline posts - but it doesn't include messages sent via Facebook Messenger. Facebook has since disabled the tool for safety purposes. On Friday, the company revised its estimate to "about 30m". The Nasdaq composite index gained 2.29 per cent.

Rosen said the 30 million affected accounts were broadly distributed around the world, but he declined to give a breakdown.

The stolen data included search history, location data and information about relationships, religion and more.

"The bottom line is that all this data is still out there", said Corey Milligan, a senior researcher with cyber-security firm Armor.

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Facebook says the FBI is investigating a major security breach of its service, but the company says authorities asked it not to discuss who may be behind the attack. They do not believe the breach was related to the upcoming midterm elections.

Facebook users can relax and get back to interacting with quality content and authentic individuals on the social network. Another one million users had their accounts accessed but no information stolen.

The social network said it's working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify the attackers, and could not reveal additional information about the source of the attacks. Ironically this feature, created to help you protect your privacy, had a huge bug that would actually temporarily log you in as the other user. But three errors in Facebook's software enabled someone accessing "view as" to post and browse from the Facebook account of the other user. An investigation soon found that the activity was linked to the theft of security codes that, under normal circumstances, allow Facebook users to navigate away from the site while remaining logged in.

You can check the complete details of data stolen during this massive security breach by heading over to this link.

A couple of weeks ago, Facebook disclosed an unprecedented data breach at the company.

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