Frightening news for Indian users as Facebook confirms hacking of personal data of 29 million users

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If you use Facebook user in India, then you need to worry about your the theft of your sensitive and personal data as the social media giant has just confirmed hacking of personal data of 29 million users across the globe.

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Among those whose data have been stolen are many in India. Facebook is writing the affected user to inform them about the breach in their private information. The information stolen by hackers include users’ mobile numbers, email addresses, places they visited recently and last 15 searches performed on Facebook.

In its message to affected users, Facebook wrote, “We have more information abut the security incident we discovered on September 25, 2018. Some of your information was accessed by an unauthorized third party. This includes your name, email address, phone number, and other information such as your date of birth and recent locations you’ve checked in to or been tagged in.

“We acted quickly to secure the site and took action to protect your account, and we’re working closely with law enforcement to address the incident.Learn more about how your account was affected and what you can do in the Help Centre.”

 

A report by AFP said that Facebook had originally said up to 50 million accounts were affected in a cyberattack that exploited a trio of software flaws to steal “access tokens” that enable people to automatically log back into the social network.

“We now know that fewer people were impacted than we originally thought,” Facebook vice president of product management Guy Rosen said in an online post.

Facebook has also advised affected users to not entertain calls from numbers they don’t recognise. It also warned users to expect spam emails sent by hackers. This is by far one of the most serious instances of hacking of Facebook platform. The social media giant has, however, not clarified if the private messages of affected users too had been breached.

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