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Facebook says up to 111,813 Aussies in last year's security breach

March 27, 2019 / Ry Crozier

Out of 29 million users impacted worldwide. Facebook has revealed that a mass security breach of its systems last year “may have” affected the personal information of up 111,813 Australian users. In September last year, hackers exploited three linked bugs to steal name, contact and other information for 29 million users worldwide. The attackers did this by capturing access tokens - essentially digital keys - that could be used to impersonate other people and to access all parts of their accounts. In filings to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), Facebook provided a breakdown of the number of Australian users that could have been caught up up the breach, and the types of information accessed. “Based on our investigation so far, our best estimate is that Facebook user data for up to 111,813 Australian users may have been accessed as a result of this incident,” the social media company said.