Facebook Says Hackers Accessed Users' Personal Data
Facebook today provided an update on last month's hack. The hackers used accounts under their control to access the tokens of some 400,000 users. Using automated techniques, the hackers then boosted that number into the tens of millions. Facebook now says that 30 million accounts were definitely impacted, which is less than the 50 million it had originally estimated. Of those 30 million accounts, 15 million had their name and contact details (phone number, email address) scraped. For 14 million, the hackers stole their name, contact data, as well as username, gender, location, relationship, religion, hometown, birthday, device types, education, work, and locations/posts in which they were tagged. For 1 million people, the hackers didn't access any information. Facebook says users can check to see if their information was stolen via its online Help Center. The social network also plans to proactively email people to let them know what data was taken and how they might protect themselves. Facebook says the hackers did not compromise Instagram, Messenger, Messenger Kids, Oculus, Pages, payments, WhatsApp, or Workplace. The investigation is ongoing and Facebook is cooperating with law enforcement.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Facebook: 'No Evidence' Hackers Accessed Third-Party Apps
Oct 3, 2018
Facebook says it has analyzed the data surrounding last week's attack and found no evidence to suggest the hackers used the login tokens to access apps using Facebook login. About 50 million users' accounts were left vulnerable due to a bug in the "view as" tool.
Nest Returns to Roost with Google's Hardware Team
Feb 7, 2018
Alphabet today said it is putting its Nest and Google hardware teams together under a single roof. Since August 2015, Nest and Google have existed as separate entities under the Alphabet parent company.
Facebook Says Hack Exposed Data of 50 Million
Sep 28, 2018
Facebook today revealed that its system was breached on September 25 by hackers and the details of some 50 million people may have been exposed. Facebook said it is taking the matter "incredibly seriously" and is being transparent in providing information as it investigates the breach.
Twitter to Mandate Email or Phone Number Verification for New Accounts
Jun 27, 2018
Twitter is rolling out a number of changes to its platform in order to fight spam and malicious content. One step it is taking will require new users to confirm either an email address or phone number when they sign up to Twitter.