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Hackers launched an attack on Facebook's 200 million users on Thursday, successfully gathering passwords from some of them in the latest campaign to prey on members of the popular social networking site.
Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said on Thursday that the site was in the process of cleaning up damage from the attack.
The hackers got passwords through what is known as a phishing attack, breaking into accounts of some Facebook members, then sending e-mails to friends and urging them to click on links to fake websites.
He said that Facebook was blocking compromised accounts.
Schnitt declined to say how many accounts had been compromised.
[edited by: engine at 4:34 pm (utc) on May 15, 2009]
The title of the original news article "Hackers launch phishing attack on Facebook users" is more accurate and less sensationalist.
[edited by: mrMister at 4:15 pm (utc) on May 15, 2009]