Since the big drop in Facebook's last data, it has been over a month when there was even more unpleasant news for users of the social network. Using malicious browser extension, cybercriminals may have tens of millions of personal data, including private messages, reported by Kaspersky Lab.
The BBC query said that the online forum offers 120 million data for Facebook users to be sold for 10 cents for each individual profile. In order to show the value of the data, a small part of the databases was shown in public. It contained 257,000 consumer data, including private messages for around one-third (81,000) of them.
Of course, the allegation of the 120 million account disclosure can not be confirmed or collected without a full version of the database, but according to BBC thinkers who verify the data, it seems that everything is suggest that the part that has dropped from the archive is genuine.
Probably, both discharges have not co-ordinated. The previous event is linked to the vulnerability of Facebook to use the exchange of central data, but in the latest case, data is collected using malicious browser extensions that victims have installed on their computers. This is absolutely another.
Extensions (also known as plugins or additions) are small programs that are installed on the browser to extend its function. Examples are tools bars that change the browser interface, ad blockers, etc. These extensions pose a problem as they can – and most of them usually do – see all the content that the browser shows you (and also change it, if so).
This ability makes them a very skilled Internet user activity for trackers and data collectors. In this case, we are talking about data collected from Facebook pages, but in principle this can bring any information. The data of the bank, for example, has not had to protect against it. For more information, see "Why Be Favorable with Browser Extensions".
At present, it is not and may not be clear what extensions were used in the latest data on Facebook. Other data may have been stolen; He is also unknown for the time being.
Based on this event, Kaspersky Lab experts can make two general recommendations.
• Be careful about browser extensions and do not install them without excellence. Some sites now contain a lot of most valuable information, and extensions have access to it.
• Be careful with private listings online. It can be much less private than you think.