Facebook Inc. has issued a notice to the users admitting that the personal information of almost 30 million users was compromised in a massive global security breach. As an admittance and clarification of the mishap, the company revealed that the name, phone number and email address of the users were hacked by a third-party from the databases of Facebook. The homepage displayed a message that read:
'An unauthorized third party accessed your name, email address and phone number. We acted quickly to secure the site and took action to protect your account, and we’re working closely with law enforcement to address the incident.'
The 'Learn more' link directs the user to 'Help Centre' where a complete explanation of the data security breach and the subsequent steps taken by the company for its redressal is listed out. The company has an apology message for all its users and further the page talks about an ongoing investigation, impact of the user information breach, what information was accessed and what the user can do next.
As per the clarification by Facebook, attackers accessed the following information:
Whereas the attackers did not gain access to:
Facebook informed that the information accessed by the hackers ‘may be’ used (misused?) to create and spread spam on the website and on the Internet. The company was working closely with law enforcement in the investigations of the case.
Meanwhile, Facebook has been asked by the Ministry of Electronic and IT of the Indian Government, to divulge all the incident concerning the Indian users whose accounts were hacked and the impact of the data breach. India has the highest number of Facebook users from a single nation (270 million users)