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Facebook Revises Data Breach Impact Downward, Provides New Details

Oct 12, 2018, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

With many data breaches, the initial assessment of the impact is less than what the actual total ends up being. The opposite, however, is true with Facebook, which released a revised lower estimate for the number of people involved in its latest data breach.

On Oct. 12. Facebook said that only 30 million people were impacted by a data breach of its access token system, down from the 50 million the company originally estimated on Sept. 28. As a result of the breach, Facebook had actually reset the access tokens for 90 million users, out of an abundance of caution.

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