Nearly 50 Million Facebook Accounts Affected by Massive Security Breach

Full extent not yet known


A security breach at Facebook has affected nearly 50 million of the social media platform’s users, Facebook said Friday.

Facebook discovered the breach on Tuesday, informed law enforcement on Thursday and is cooperating with the FBI, Facebook vice president of product management Guy Rosen told reporters on a call Friday afternoon. The company has also informed the Irish Data Protection Commission.

The full extent of the breach is not yet known, but Rosen said attackers tried to access users’ personal information—like their name, sex and hometown—and that they would have been able to access Facebook accounts and act as the account holders.

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