Up to 120m Facebook accounts are ‘up for sale [source: dailymail]
The hackers were attempting to sell the accounts online for as little as eight pence (10 cents) per profile.
They published private messages from the compromised accounts to encourage people to make the purchase.
Many of the users whose details have been compromised are based in Ukraine and Russia – but some are from the UK, US, Brazil and elsewhere.
Their advert – placed on an English language forum – has since been taken offline.
UK Facebook accounts are among 81,000 profiles up for sale after being hacked by Russian cyber criminals. Cyber criminals are using private messages from the compromised accounts to advertise the profiles
Examples of the messages published included an intimate chat between two lovers, complaints about a son in-law, photos of a recent holiday sent privately between two Facebook friends and a chat about a recent Depeche Mode concert
The perpetrators claim they have details from a total of 120 million accounts, according to the BBC Russian Service.
Facebook said its security had not been compromised and that the data was likely obtained through malicious browser extensions.
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