Facebook says the security breach that occurred two weeks ago allowed hackers to access data from 29 million users.
Facebook’s inital report stated that approximately hacked 50 million accounts but never confirmed the real number until now. Facebook also wasn’t aware if the hackers just got access to the accounts, but detailed probe verified that the hackers accessed name, email addresses and phone numbers from those 29 million accounts.
The hackers a lot more details such as birth dates, recent searches, religion, location, device information, last 10 places visited and even the birth date from 14 million of those accounts. And approximately one million accounts were only hacked into but hackers didn’t retrieve any information. Facebook also stated that Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram were unaffected by the breach.
Some reporters state that a group of hackers used a flaw in Facebook’s “view as” feature to gain unauthorized access to millions of accounts by watching Youtube tutorials on how to hack Facebook.
“We take these incidents really, really seriously,” said Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of product management. FBI is currently investigating the hack and declined to give details to the press stating that the bureau had “asked us not to discuss who may be behind this attack.”