FACEBOOK last month confirmed that several million accounts were hacked on its social media website and user data was stolen. Yesterday it revealed that exactly 29 million accounts were affected and details like names, school, college, personal contact and more were stolen. The firm says it is working with FBI already to check if any other service was affected or not and how deep the entire situation goes. However, until then it has also revealed that the team will be reaching out to those whose accounts were hacked.
Facebook has said it will be messaging those users whose accounts were hacked and will tell them exactly what information was taken. Although that is yet to happen, you can still check if your account is affected or not and what information was stolen.
how you can check:
Step 1: Open Facebook on desktop and visit the Facebook Help Centre (https://www.facebook.com/help/securitynotice) website.
Step 2: Scroll to the bottom of the page and see for the subtopic ‘Is my Facebook account impacted by the security issue?’
If your account was hacked, below the subtopic it will be stated, “Yes. Based on what we’ve learned so far in our investigation, attackers accessed the following Facebook account information” followed by texts like ‘Name’, ‘Email addresses’, ‘Phone Number’ and more. It also mentions the information attackers did not steal from the account.
In case you are one of the fortunate ones whose account didn’t get hacked, there will be no such text stated there.