Hackers allegedly stole the data and private messages of more than 81,000 Facebook users and sold it for 10 cents per account, as reported by BBC.
BBC revealed that the hackers posted an ad about selling the user Facebook data for 10 cents which were spotted by BBC. In September, the BBC discovered the ad on English Language web forum claiming that “We sell personal information of Facebook users. Our database includes 120 million accounts.” Following the ad, cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows investigated the ad and discovered that more than 81,000 accounts data was placed online for selling.
The firm also revealed that personal information such as phone numbers and email addresses from another 176,000 accounts was posted online.
Many of the users affected from this data breach are reportedly based in the Ukraine and Russia, although the users of other countries including the US, the UK and Brazil are equally affected.
To confirm the authenticity of the news, the BBC Russian service contacted five Russian users affected by the hack and the users confirmed the messages were theirs. The stolen messages included personal files and pictures including holiday pictures, complaints about a son-in-law, and conversation between two lovers.
Facebook is not involved in the breach
However, Facebook negated the claim and said that the messages were not obtained through a breach in its security portal, but using a dodgy browser extension.
Facebook executive Guy Rosen said in a statement sent to Business Insider, “Based on our investigation so far, we believe this information was obtained through malicious browser extensions installed off of Facebook.”
Facebook has been in deep trouble particularly after the Cambridge Analytica scandal where more than 80M Facebook accounts were breached. Following the scandal, a massive number of users stopped using Facebook and some big celebrities also started campaigns to delete the social media platform.