Earlier this month, Facebook announced that 50 million accounts were hacked and personal data was accessed. As a result, the company will now allow its users to check if their accounts or information has been compromised.
Here is how the accounts were affected:
1) For 30 million of the compromised accounts, hackers accessed basic contact information such as names, emails or phone numbers.
2) For 14 million accounts, information about the users’ religion, gender, device and geographical location were accessed.
3) For 15 million accounts, hackers gathered information about the 15 latest searches done by the users.
Facebook added that no information was stolen for the remaining 1 million accounts.
Due to Facebook’s ongoing issues with security and privacy, the company is allowing people to see whether their accounts were hacked, or if their information was stolen.
To access this information, you will need to head over to Facebook’s Help Centre, a notice at the bottom will explain whether your account was compromised.
There isn’t much you could do if the account was accessed. The hackers were not after the passwords, instead, they logged into the accounts using “tokens.” Facebook has already reset these tokens last month.
According to Guy Rosen, Facebook’s VP of product management, the data accessed by the hackers has still not been used or disseminated. The investigation is still ongoing and the FBI recently became involved to get to the bottom of this.
Interestingly, even though Facebook says that no “payment card or credit card information” was taken, Guy Rosen said it is possible that the hackers have seen the last four digits of the user’s credit card.
Facebook says it will contact people directly if their data was accessed.
“In the coming days, we’ll send customized messages to the 30 million people affected to explain what information the attackers might have accessed, as well as steps they can take to help protect themselves, including from suspicious emails, text messages, or calls,” according to Facebook.