Million Accounts Claimed to Be Compromised

Million Accounts Claimed to Be Compromised

Now, another report has surfaced online claiming that private messages of 81,000 users are being sold on the internet. This included a sample of data that the BBC had an expert examine, confirming that over 81,000 profiles' private messages were included.

"One example included photographs of a recent holiday, another was a chat about a recent Depeche Mode (British rock band) concert and a third included complaints about a son-in-law", the report said. But as you'd expect, there are also more sensitive discussions, including "intimate correspondence between two lovers", as the BBC describes it. It says the address had been used to spread the LokiBot Trojan, which allows attackers to gain access to user passwords.

"Browsers like Chrome can be very secure, but browser extensions can introduce serious gaps in their armour". It maintains that this particular data breach was not its fault, and urged browser-makers to exercise more caution. But Rick Holland, Digital Shadows' chief information security officer and Vice President of strategy, told Gizmodo that they still don't know what browser extension or extensions might be responsible. This hack apparently has nothing to do with the most recent hack of Facebook data that was widely publicised in September.

The embattled network has had a bad year for data security and questions will be asked about whether it is proactive enough in responding to situations like this that affect large numbers of people.

The platform where the data was posted appears, or has been made to appear, to have Russian links, the BBC investigation found.

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A reply in English came from someone calling themself John Smith. The leaked data has since been taken down from the site it had originally been published on.

The BBC said there was reason to believe the 120 million claim was exaggerated.

The BBC noted that it's unlikely Facebook would've missed such a huge breach.

When asked about a possible connection to the Russian state or Kremlin-run programs like the Internet Research Agency, a representative for the hacking group only identified as John Smith said there was no connection.

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