By John Pienaar / 21 January 2016 12:59:37A major hack of Facebook advertising on Tuesday night caused the company to temporarily suspend all advertising on its network.
The breach is being investigated by the social media company, but there is no evidence that any sensitive personal data has been compromised.
The attack was discovered in a database of millions of users who log into Facebook’s platform and access their accounts, according to researchers at security firm Trend Micro.
Users who visit the social network’s main site (www.facebook.com) on Tuesday will see a banner warning that an attacker has gained access to the Facebook database.
Facebook said it was “looking into the cause of this incident and is working closely with law enforcement to help resolve it”.
The Facebook data breach is the latest example of a breach of personal data.
Earlier this month, security firm Sucuri reported on a massive data breach that involved the personal information of at least 5.7 million people, including names, birth dates, email addresses, phone numbers, and passwords.
Sucuri said the breach had affected a wide range of industries including health care, retail, banking, and law enforcement.
In its report, Sucuri found that data stolen from more than 1.5 million users in the US alone could be sold to the highest bidder.
The data breach occurred in late November, the company said.
Facebook has so far said that no customer data was compromised.