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Report: Spammers, not nation-state actors, suspected in Facebook breach

Facebook now suspects it was criminal scam artists and not nation-state actors who compromised tens of millions of accounts in a major data breach that was discovered last month, according to the Wall Street Journal. Citing individuals familiar with the breach investigation, the WSJ reported yesterday that Facebook believes the culprits are known social media…
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Facebook breach could have impacted third-party apps; is huge GDPR fine on the horizon?

As security experts continue to assess the scope and impact of a Facebook data breach affecting nearly 50 million accounts, the social media giant reportedly could be assessed a financial penalty of as much as $1.63 billion for violating Europe’s GDPR regulations. The Wall Street Journal arrived at this figure by calculating four percent of…
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Facebook breach exposes info on 50M users

A breach at Facebook that was uncovered Tuesday has exposed information on almost 50 million users, forcing 90 million users to log out of their accounts to safeguard their data. While the company does not yet know who was behind the attack, it said the vulnerability has been fixed. “Our investigation is still in its…
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Philippines orders Facebook to offer ID protections following breach

Among the 30 million accounts affected in the September 2018 Facebook data breach incident were 755,973 users in the Philippines, and now the Southeast Asian nation is demanding action from the social media company, according to a report from area news outlet ABS-CBN News. The report states that Manila’s National Privacy Commission yesterday ordered Facebook to file a…
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Facebook says fewer users affected by data breach

A Facebook executive Friday said the company has “not ruled out the possibility of smaller, lower level access attempts during the time of the exposure,” but downgraded the number of users whose access tokens were stolen during the breach from 50 million to 30 million. The attackers, who “already controlled a set of accounts, which…
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Facebook: So far no signs that breach hackers attacked third-party app accounts

In an update on its ongoing data breach investigation, Facebook on Tuesday assured the public that so far it has seen no evidence that the attackers leveraged hijacked Facebook accounts to access and compromise users’ third-party app accounts. “We have now analyzed our logs for all third-party apps installed or logged in during the attack we…
Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis

Facebook ups number hit by Cambridge Analytica breach to 87 million

Facebook announced an additional 37 million people were affected in the Cambridge Analytica breach while at the same time rolling out new plans to restrict data access to the site’s users. “In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people — mostly in the U.S. — may have been improperly shared…
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Data breach reportedly affects over 20M users of Mixcloud streaming service

An unauthorized party illegally accessed systems belonging to British online audio streaming service Mixcloud and is now reportedly selling the company’s user data on the dark web. Roughly 20 million to 22 million accounts were compromised in the November incident, according to multiple media organizations that were contacted by the malicious hacker late last week.…
Mobile Security, Mobile/End Point Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

System bug gives Facebook access to iPhone cameras

A bug in the latest version of iOS opens iPhone cameras as users peruse their Facebook feeds, letting the social media giant access the cameras. “We have seen no evidence of photos or videos being uploaded due to this bug,” a spokesman told the Guardian, confirming that glitch would let the Facebook app “navigate to…
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