Personal messages of 120 million Facebook accounts hacked: Facebook is no longer safe to use as hackers have accessed to private messages of millions of Facebook users. Already Facebook has experienced various security related issues in September when it was revealed that at least 30 million accounts were breached. It wasn’t too long when the incident occurred that another news came up where thousands of private messages on Facebook allegedly ended up for sale on an internet forum, according to the BBC reports. Whoever is the offender, he is totally responsible for the leak, Facebook says, it is a pest outside which is out of the control of the social networking sites and that is malicious browser extensions.
According to BBC report, there are almost 120 million Facebook accounts whose private messages are hacked and have already published messages from 81, 000 accounts for producing money.
The Facebook users whose information was hacked and leaked were from different countries such as Ukraine and Russia and some are even from the UK, US, Brazil, and other countries. The hacker who is selling the personal data of Facebook users claimed to have data of 120 million Facebook accounts, which means out of 2 billion people who use Facebook each month, the hacker hacked approximately 6 percent amongst them. Only Facebook officials can disclose that how many got affected from such data piracy.
BBC also added by saying that the hackers also offered to trade access per account for 10 cents. However, after which their advertisement has been taken offline.
According to BBC reports, the breach was first revealed in September when a user named FBSaler appeared on an internet forum proposing to sell personal information of 120 million Facebook accounts for 10 cent per account. It was not specified on which forum the seller posted their offer as internet is a vast place and there are many people who can spend their money to buy these kinds of offers such as personal details of the user like credit card details, internet banking account details, etc.
Facebook says the hackers were able to access the personal information of the Facebook users by using malicious browser extensions.
In order to access these data you need to download a malicious browser extension which can be downloaded from Google Chrome store, Firefox Add-ons, or Safari’s Extensions Gallery. Google who claims to have 60 percent of browser market share said, that the download of malicious Chrome extension has declined over the past years, but this breach proves that there are still some malware tools which usually are an issue. It’s not right that Facebook failed to notice that malicious browser extension was breaching their user data.
Facebook’s vice president of Product Management Mr Guy Rosen said in a statement, “We have contacted browser makers to ensure that known malicious extensions are no longer available to download in their stores and to share information that could help identify additional extensions that may be related. We have also contacted law enforcement and have worked with local authorities to remove the website that displayed information from Facebook accounts,”
Guy Rosen also advised the users to check their browser extensions if they’ve installed and to delete any if they don’t fully trust on such extensions. This event is a good reminder for those who access to these free extensions as it might be tempting, but sometimes it can arise with a malware shock.