(TNS) — WILKES-BARRE — Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week cautioned Pennsylvanians about the latest Facebook data breach — a hack that occurred last month that could have compromised user data and information from 50 million Facebook profiles.
The breach, which occurred Sept. 25 and was announced Sept. 28, was the largest in the company’s 14-year history. The hackers reportedly exploited a feature in Facebook’s code to gain access to user accounts and potentially take control of them.
“As my Bureau of Consumer Protection digs into this latest data breach at Facebook and investigates its impact on users across our Commonwealth, Pennsylvanians should take steps to protect themselves,” Shapiro said. “Facebook users should log out of signed in accounts, change your passwords and, most importantly, remember – never give money or personal information to anyone requesting it online or over the phone.”
After the discovery of the hack, Facebook logged out more than 90 million users, forcing them to log back in with their credentials to avoid further access to any sensitive information by hackers. The investigation into the source of the hack and what information was accessed during the breach is ongoing.
Shapiro provided the following tips for consumers on how to protect themselves from identity theft or other harm related to this type of hack:
In March, Shapiro led a bipartisan coalition of 41 state Attorneys General in demanding answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg following reports that data of at least 50 million Facebook profiles may have been misused by third-party software developers. The investigation later determined that 2,960,311 Pennsylvanians’ Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica and other third parties.
If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft or feel that your personal information has been compromised, Shapiro recommends you immediately:
— Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 or www.equifax.com
— Experian: 1-888-397-3742 or www.experian.com
— TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289 or www.transunion.com
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