The huge Facebook hack resulted in close to 30 million hacked Facebook accounts. There’s a good chance that your account was part of this, but so far it’s hard to find out if you are part of this issue. We’ll show you how to check if your Facebook Account was hacked in 2018.
This is what you need to know about the Facebook hack, what the hackers accessed and how you can check if your account specifically is part of the hack. Facebook will send out messages to let you know if you were hacked, but that isn’t happening just yet. With this info, you can check right now.
This hack started with 400,000 compromised accounts, which then stole access tokens for 30 million people. The information taken with this includes name, phone and or email for 15 million people.
For 14 million people attackers accessed that information and other information like username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or Pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches. 1 million people people were compromised, but hackers didn’t access any personal information.
How to Find Out if Your Facebook Was Hacked
If you want to know if your Facebook account was hacked and the information above was compromised you can use this guide to find out right now.
Facebook tucks this information into the security center at the bottom of an explainer about this issue. You’ll need to login to Facebook and visit this link. Scroll down to the bottom of the page where the text reads “Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?”
You’ll either see a message saying “your Facebook account has not been impacted by this security incident.” or you will see a list of the information that the hackers were able to see. This bullet list may include Name, Email Address and Phone number, or much more.
Facebook Hack Scam Messages
Shortly after the Facebook hack news came out, a hoax series of messages came out convincing users that their account was hacked. The text from this message says,
“Hi….I actually got another friend request from you which I ignored so you may want to check your account. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too….I had to do the people individually. PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME.“
This is not linked to the real Facebook hack, and it is not legit. It’s somewhat common to get a friend request from someone you are already a friend with.
If this happens they haven’t been hacked in most cases. What’s happening is someone is pretending to be them so that you friend them and then you’ll start seeing links to products or links to news that the scammer is using to try to drive traffic or drive sales. You can report the second account to Facebook to prevent this.
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