Facebook detailed today, exactly what kind of information was opened during a major hack last month. It included username and contact information, and in many cases personal information such as religion, places, and more.
This data was viewed on 29 million people, and now Facebook offers a way to see if your account was broken into and what information was seen. If you visit Facebook's support, a notice at the bottom will explain if your account was affected. If it were, it will specify what information was taken.
Of the 29 million users, 15 million names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers were based on which contact information was on their profile). For the other 14 million, that information was aggregated with additional information about the profile, including gender, religion, location, device information, places you've been tagged, and Pages you've liked. Another million users had access to their accounts stolen but never used. The hackers have not posted anything on the user's profiles, as far as Facebook knows.
If your account was opened, Facebook says that you do not. I do not have to do anything to secure it at this point. The passwords were not stolen, so you do not have to change yours. Instead, the hackers took access to "tokens" which allowed them to log in. Facebook reset these tokens last month, so you may have found yourself logged out of your account one day at the end of September.
Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management, said that the company has not seen evidence that the available data is scattered or used. For now it is not clear what, if anything, it is for the users to deal with the fact that their information was used. Exploration is still underway, and Facebook is likely to have more specific details for sharing later; The company says that the FBI is also investigating.
Of course, if you're tired of the constant privacy issues, there's one thing you can do to make sure you're safe in the future – let Facebook be gone.