Hackers sell stolen Facebook messages to tens of thousands of users

Hackers have received private messages from tens of thousands of Facebook users. These are published on underground market places.

The hackers use the chats to advertise the much larger number of accounts they have access to.

The stolen accounts want to resell the hackers, reports the BBC. The British broadcaster says to have spoken with the hackers.

The hackers claim to have 120 million accounts in hand. The BBC states that it has reason to doubt these high figures. Facebook itself claims that its security has not been compromised.

The perpetrators may have created harmful browser extensions. Through such extensions, malicious parties can record unnoticed what Facebook users do, including in private chats. The information is automatically sent to the hackers.

“Publicized chats are real”

Facebook says it has contact with browser makers to ensure that well-known malicious extensions can no longer be downloaded from the official stores of those browser creators.

According to the BBC, most of the victims come from Russia and Ukraine. British, American and Brazilian users would also have been affected.

The BBC has also spoken with five affected Facebook users. They confirm that the stolen private chats are real.

A larger shared set of allegedly stolen data contains email addresses and user phone numbers. However, it may be information that the Facebook users had in their profile and that was simply collected by the hackers without intrusion or malicious software.


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