Private Messages for 81k Hacked Facebook Accounts Being Sold Online

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While this might sound reminiscent of the recent Facebook hack that compromised the personal data of some 30 million users that also happened last month, this attack is different than - and completely unrelated to - that previous attack. "Our database includes 120 million accounts", one advert said. The latest breach is said to be a outcome of malicious third-party browser extensions.

"The breach as first discovered in September when a user going by the name FBSaler posted this on the social media: " We sell personal information of Facebook users. Cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows investigated the claim, and found that more than 81,000 accounts put online as a sample contained private messages.

The other key difference between the two hacks are the targets: the personal information that was stolen seemed primarily to focus on American accounts while the more recent browser hack targeted users living in Ukraine and Russian Federation.

"Data from a further 176,000 accounts was also made available, although some of the information - including email addresses and phone numbers - could have been scraped from members who had not hidden it", continued the BBC report.

There was also an intimate correspondence between two lovers.

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Personal shopping assistants, bookmarking applications and even mini-puzzle games are all on offer from various browsers such as Chrome, Opera and Firefox as third-party extensions.

Without naming the extensions, Facebook explains that these malicious extensions quietly monitored users' activity, and sent data back to the hackers, without the users' knowledge.

The big picture: The latest security breach involving Facebook may not be the company's fault. But Rick Holland, Digital Shadows' chief information security officer and Vice President of strategy, told Gizmodo that they still don't know what browser extension or extensions might be responsible.

Facebook believes a rogue browser extension is to blame for the theft.

At the time of writing, Facebook has stated that it was working with both the Russian and Ukrainian authorities to take down the forum where the information is being sold.

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