Hackers Sell Bundle Of 81,000 Facebook Messages To Criminal 3rd Party

Private messages of 81,000 Facebook users leaked online

Hackers Published Private Messages From 81,000 Facebook Users

While this might sound reminiscent of the recent Facebook hack that compromised the personal data of some 30 million users that also happened last month, this attack is different than - and completely unrelated to - that previous attack.

For example, if the Facebookers implicated in the "hack" happened to share information such as personal addresses, telephone numbers, or banking information (you never know) then the illegal transactions holds more than just its nominal value.

According to research conducted by the BBC, a seller going by the name "FBSaler" began posting on underground criminal forums about having access to the information of 120 million Facebook users as well as access to the private messages of 81,000 profiles. "We have also contacted law enforcement and have worked with local authorities to remove the website that displayed information from Facebook accounts", Facebook executive Guy Rosen told the publication. We encourage people to check the browser extensions they've installed and remove any that they don't fully trust. "As we continue to investigate, we will take action to secure people's accounts as appropriate", Rosen said in a statement to Deadline.

This revelation originally comes from the BBC Russian Service.

Personal shopping assistants, bookmarking applications and even mini-puzzle games are all on offer from various browsers such as Chrome, Opera and Firefox as third-party extensions. Behind the scenes, though, the extension would connect to Facebook and steal information from a victim's logged in account.

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"Sadly, malicious extensions do make it into official browser stores like the Chrome Web Store", he continued, "and the management of browser extensions is a challenge for cybersecurity teams which makes matters that much worse".

The hackers claim to have details from 120 million accounts. The latter could simply have been gathered via a lack of privacy settings, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Your private messages on Facebook may be up for sale.

Numerous messages are relatively benign and include simple chats about going on vacation and attending concerts.

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