Facebook believes hack was carried out by spammers: report

Facebook believes hack was carried out by spammers: report
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Facebook believes that the hack it discovered last month that affected nearly 30 million users was not conducted by a foreign state but rather spammers hoping to profit off deceptive advertising, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal, citing unnamed sources familiar with the internal investigation, reported that the preliminary findings conclude that Facebook’s security team had previously been aware of the spammers, who act as though they’re part of a marketing company.

Facebook has told the press that 14 million users had personal information like location data and search history stolen in the hack, apparently the largest in the country’s history. Another 15 million had names and contact information collected, while the remaining one million had no information stolen.


A Facebook spokesman told The Hill that the company could not confirm the Journal’s reporting.

“We are cooperating with the FBI on this matter,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s head of product management, said in an emailed statement. “The FBI is actively investigating and have asked us not to discuss who may be behind this attack.”

Users can visit Facebook’s Help Center to find out if they were affected in the hack.