behind a recent attack on Facebook




WSJ: spammers who wanted to earn money were behind a recent attack on Facebook
According to Facebook sources from The Wall Street Journal, the preliminary conclusion of an internal investigation within the company is that spammers are behind the recent attack, capturing the data of 29 million people. They wanted to earn money.

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Sources with knowledge of the internal research say to the business newspaper that the attackers did not operate on behalf of a state. Those who carry out the research within Facebook would believe that it is a group of Facebook and Instagram spammers who pretend to be a marketing company. This group would be known to the Facebook security team. The company itself has not yet published any information about the identity of the attackers, as a result of which it was speculated that state shakers might be interested in valuable information.

The Wall Street Journal further refers to the recent announcement by Facebook, stating that the attackers captured the data of 29 million people through stolen ‘access tokens’. With 15 million people there was access to their name and contact details, including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses and in the other 14 million there was also access to profile data such as gender, language, relationship status, religious conviction, place of residence, education, work and the 15 most recent searches. According to the newspaper, it is striking that the attackers did not also capture the content of messages between users, although this would have been possible.

Facebook said it would approach the affected persons with a personal message. Earlier it appeared that the attackers had used a combination of three bugs to get a large amount of access tokens in their hands.


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