How to check if your Facebook account got hacked

Lloyd Doyle
October 16, 2018

Breaking into accounts News of the hack emerged on 5 October when Facebook said it feared 50m users had been affected.

Facebook says cyber attackers used an automated program that moved from one friend to the next to steal data from 29 million of its user accounts and not the 50 million profiles it initially reported.

"This doesn't sound very targeted at all", he said.

The hackers accessed name, email addresses or phone numbers from those 29 million accounts.

"That includes posts on their timelines, their lists of friends, Groups they are members of, and the names of recent Messenger conversations".

"We will also work to contact people who may not be on Facebook any longer", he said.

Facebook said it has taken a precautionary step of resetting access tokens for 40 million more accounts that had accessed it function "view as".

On that page, following some preliminary information about the investigation, the question, "Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?", appears midway down.

Facebook said the FBI is investigating, but asked the company not to discuss who may be behind the attack. On September 25, we determined this was actually an attack and identified the vulnerability.


The exact number of accounts affected had not been previously known.

According to the statement, the attackers already controlled a set of accounts, which were connected to Facebook friends.

The company 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 onto the platform. The company said Friday there's no evidence this is related to the midterms.

It will also provide information specific to your account if you are logged into Facebook.

This particular Facebook security breach did not affect Messenger, Messenger Kids, Instagram, Whats App, Oculus, Workplace, Pages, payments, third-party apps or advertising or developer accounts.

The hackers gained access to "access tokens" which are used by Facebook and other authentication systems to determine whether the user is allowed to access certain content on the site.

Facebook shares fell 2.6 per cent after the breach was announced in September and they were down more than 1 per cent following the updated disclosures on Friday.

The breach, Facebook's worst ever, has exacerbated concerns among users, politicians and investors that the company is not doing enough to safeguard data, particularly in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

"We don't have a specific indication of the intention of the attackers".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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