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Hackers have tried to convince potential buyers—and the BBC Russian Service —that they had cracked Facebook’s security and extracted private messages from 120 million accounts.


The hackers originally published an offer in September for personal information related to 120 million Facebook accounts on a English-language forum.


Facebook’s Rosen said that its security wasn’t compromised, and urged people to remove any plug-ins they don’t fully trust.


Rosen said the social network had notified law enforcement, had the website hosting the Facebook account data had been taken down.


This typically doesn’t include keystrokes, but extensions can sweep in anything rendered on a page for a user to see, such as public and private messages.


However, with so many extensions available, malicious parties have many options: compromise existing software through insiders or poor developer security; release their own seemingly benign plug-ins that provide a useful function alongside snooping; or buy extensions from developers and then update them to include malware.






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