He added, "We have contacted browser makers to ensure that known malicious extensions are no longer available to download in their stores and to share information that could help identify additional extensions that may be related". "It is however, more likely that the published list of 81,000 accounts is all that the cybercriminals have, and they are looking to cause disruption and fear".
Facebook told BBC in a statement that its security has not been compromised and the data was sent out to hackers likely by malicious browser extensions. "Our database includes 120 million accounts", the user wrote.
Criminals are selling the private messages of 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts for 10 cents per account. The social network attempts to wash its hands of responsibility, blaming malicious browser extensions for the fault.
The victims seems to primarily stem from Russian Federation and Ukraine, however affected accounts come from all over the world including the UK, US, Brazil and beyond. The advertisement listed online said that full access to personal messages can be obtained at $0.10 per account, and it listed 81,000 of the profiles as samples for buyers. We have also contacted law enforcement and have worked with local authorities to remove the website that displayed information from Facebook accounts. Upon further investigation, BBC learned that the new data breach was not linked with the Cambridge Analytica scandal or the recent data breach in September. Out of that 120 million approximately 81000 of them were believed to contain private and intimate messages.
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One example included photographs of a recent holiday, another was a chat about a recent Depeche Mode concert, and a third included complaints about a son-in-law.
But Digital Shadows told the BBC that this claim was doubtful because it was unlikely Facebook would have missed such a large breach.
To verify the information contained in the conversations were real, the BBC Russian Service in collaboration with a cyber-security company Digital Shadows contacted the victims who all confirmed that those conversations really happened.