From recent times, Facebook and its management are hot waters due to its weak security and database systems. From the Cambridge Analytica Breach, around 30 million Facebook accounts were compromised. The latest Facebook data breach comes in the form of some 81,000 private FB messages being sold online.
According to experts, this Facebook data breach can be traced back to a recent data breach that happened in September where on the average 30 million Facebook accounts were compromised. These hacked messages could have been extracted from those compromised accounts.
According to Facebook, the culprit is identified as a malicious browser extension and is not under Facebook’s direct control. The Facebook data breach was first highlighted in September when a username FBSaler on an internet forum posted:
We sell personal information of Facebook users. Our database includes 120 million accounts.
The claim was examined Digital Shadows – a cybersecurity – and it was found out that in fact, 81,000 profiles posted online as a sample did contain private messages.
Malfunctioning Third Part Apps
In many cases, third-party apps are usually involved in such cyber-attacks. Most recently, Apple users also suffered a data breaching app, Adware Doctor on MacOS which was rated No. 1 App for MacBooks on the App Store.
However, in reality, the app was sending private user data to Chinese servers placed in China. It was immediately removed from the app store. Since then, the rise in malicious attacks are getting common and it has increased Google responsibility to upgrade security protocols since Google owns 60% of the browsers market share and a lot of social media channels are dependent on Google Chrome.
The software reported that due to their strict security checks, the malicious Chrome extensions has decreased significantly but this Facebook data breach proves that malware contains browser tools still remain a serious issue.
Facebook executive Guy Rosen acknowledged the fact. He said:
We have contacted browser-makers to ensure that known malicious extensions are no longer available to download in their stores.
Furthermore, BBC states that details regarding Facebook data breach will be revealed in the coming months. Many affected users are from Ukraine and Russia, though some are from UK, US, Brazil, and other countries.