How To Tell Safely If You Are A Victim Of Facebook's Big Data Violation
Facebook now admits hackers in the vulnerabilities that were revealed two weeks ago, stole much sensitive information from millions of users.
The News: Facebook said in a blog post that it now believes that around 30 million users, instead of 50 million, were hit by a recent violation that allowed hackers to steal personal data. However, 14 million of them had details such as their religion, place of birth and workplace postponed. The remaining 16 million also did not have data loss, or only their e-mail and / or other contact details had been stolen. Earlier, Facebook had said that it did not know what, if anything, was compromised.
Are you a victim? Check Facebook's Help Center to see if your data was leaked. The company also plans to contact anyone who has lost data and offers advice on dealing with things like suspicious email. It's legitimate, but it's a shame that Facebook's own security was not close enough to stop hackers from destroying the digital keys that allow users to stay connected to it without having to log in to each visit.
whodunnit? ] The social network states that the FBI has asked not to comment on who has been responsible for the attack while the Feds is investigating.
More leaks? Facebook says its other programs and services, including Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, were not affected by the hack. It is a bit of comfort, but it still highlights the risk of running more services that share user data among them. (The increasing integration was among the reasons that both Instagram and WhatsApp's founders left Facebook this year.) It will undoubtedly add the questions of legislators and regulators on both sides of the Atlantic about whether a company should be allowed to control so many services.