Hackers put 81,000 private Facebook messages up for sale

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Numerous users affected are reportedly based in the Ukraine and Russian Federation, although there were users affected in many other countries including the United States, the UK and Brazil.

"The hackers offered to sell access for 10 cents per account". Nevertheless, the advert used for this goal has been taken offline.

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. Also, the company had taken preventive steps to prevent other accounts from being hacked.

Hackers disclosed personal information of 47,000 accounts of Ukrainians on Facebook via FBserver website.

Facebook is back in the limelight with another alleged data breach, and this time users' personal messages shared on the platform are claimed to have been compromised. "Our database includes 120 million accounts", the user wrote.

Of the supposed 81,000 users compromised, BBC Russian Service contacted five, all of whom were Russian, and all of whom confirmed that the stolen messages were legitimate. At least in one case, the data published included "intimate correspondence between two lovers", according to the report.

One of the IP addresses belongs to the Russian hosting provider King Servers - 6 of the 8 addresses that were passed to the attack on the servers of the US Democratic party in 2016, was also assigned to the King Servers. There is however no word on which exact extensions are the culprits.

The breach was first discovered in September and the messages were reportedly obtained through unnamed rogue browser extensions.

The big picture: The latest security breach involving Facebook may not be the company's fault. But Facebook said it has put multiple measures in place to make sure the hackers don't hack more accounts. On 26 July this year, the government announced in Parliament that it has ordered a CBI probe into Cambridge Analytica's (CA) misuse of Facebook data.

John Smith did not explain why he had not advertised his services more widely.

The seller also confirmed that his group is not related to the Russian government or the Internet Research Agency, a hacking group linked to the Kremlin.