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Cybercriminals were selling private messages of 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts

Facebook is facing yet another big security problem.

Back in September, around 50 million Facebook users were a victim of a security breach, with nearly 700,000 of them coming from the Philippines. The compromise came from the vulnerability on Facebook’s “View as” feature, which the social media network was able to fix by forcing users to log-in back their accounts on their devices.

But now, a recent report suggests that around 81,000 users are affected by a new security hack, which stole their private messages. Cybercriminals were able to obtain these private data using a malicious browser extension.

The hackers then sold the stolen data on a forum for only USD10 cents a piece.

Most of the compromised accounts came from Ukraine and Russia. While some of them were from the United Kingdom, the United States, and a few other more countries.

Facebook has since then contacted different browser-makers and notified them about the incident so they can remove any malicious browser extensions on their stores. The company also asked the help of law enforcement agencies to remove the posting of the stolen data on different forums and platforms.

Now that everything is already done, all we can do as Facebook users is to take preemptive measures to prevent this from happening again in the future. There are actually a few things that you can do to at least make it hard for cybercriminals to access your accounts, which you can check out here.

Source: BBC

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  1. Hi Patrick,

    This is scary news. Facebook has huge number of profiles. It is important to stay safe from online hackers and scammers. A good anti-virus is essential along with a good cleaning software which can evaluate and flush out unnecessary software or program. It is important to clean your computer regularly and update the security program.

    Thanks for sharing, have a good day. :)

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