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Facebook Update: 30 Million Users Actually Hit in its Recent Breach

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Facebook Update: 30 Million Users Actually Hit in its Recent BreachThe good news: That number is less than the original estimate of 50 million. The bad news: It might not have been the only attack.

Facebook today confirmed the actual number of users hit in its recent data breach is 30 million rather than its original estimate of 50 million.

The social media giant also is investigating other possible "smaller-scale attacks" leveraging the vulnerability in its code that was exploited in the breach. The attackers already had control of a set of user accounts that were then connected to those users' Facebook friends.

"They used an automated technique to move from account to account so they could steal the access tokens of those friends, and for friends of those friends, and so on, totaling about400,000 people," said Guy Rosen, vice president of product management for Facebook, in a post today.

This allowed the attackers to obtain Facebook profiles and see their timeline...(continued)

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