Facebook hack 'was the work of mystery spammers not governments'

Mail Online | 10/18/2018 | Tim Stickings For Mailonline;Afp
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Facebook believes the data breach which hit 29million users last month was the work of spammers rather than nation states, it has been claimed.

The social network reportedly believes the hackers who launched the massive cyber attack were 'looking to make money through deceptive advertising'.

Facebook - Findings - Hackers - Government - Sources

Facebook's preliminary findings did not suggest that the hackers were affiliated to any government, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

The company is said to believe that the attackers - who were previously known to Facebook's security workers - had posed as a digital marketing company.

Facebook - Friday - Hackers - Data - Users

Facebook said last Friday that that hackers had accessed personal data of 29million users in a breach which was discovered late last month.

The attack exploited a trio of software flaws to steal 'access tokens' that enable people to automatically log back onto the platform.

Hackers - Users - Names - Phone - Numbers

Hackers accessed users' names, phone numbers and email addresses, while some also saw their gender, religion, home town, birth date and places they had recently 'checked in' to as visiting.

The attack...
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