Facebook glitch exposed phone numbers, e-mail addresses of six million users

By on June 24, 2013, 7:30 AM
facebook, bug, security flaw, glitch, social network

Facebook recently disclosed a bug found in their “Download Your Information” tool that accidentally exposed some members’ contact information. As a result, approximately six million users may have had their e-mail addresses or phone numbers exposed to another person according to a post on the social network’s security blog.

The post notes that describing the bug can get pretty technical but basically, here’s what happened. In the event that you elected to download a copy of your data using the above mentioned “Download Your Information” tool, there’s a change that the archive may have included the e-mail address or phone number for contacts or people with whom you have some connection.

The information is said to come from other people on Facebook and thus may not be accurate but either way, it was inadvertently included with the contacts of the person using the DYI tool. Facebook said the bug was patched within 24 hours of being reported.

Speaking of, the bug seemingly slipped past Facebook’s technical team and was reported earlier this month through their White Hat program. If you are unfamiliar, Facebook offers security researchers monetary rewards (minimum of $500) in exchange for information about bugs and security holes.

At present, the social network has no evidence that the bug was exploited in a malicious behavior and they have not received any complaints from users that would suggest any wrongdoing. As such, the impact of the bug is expected to be minimal.

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davislane1 davislane1 said:

I was going to troll this. Instead, I'll just note that I dumped FB a year ago and don't regret it.

taimuraly taimuraly said:

"there?s a change", Paragraph 2 3rd Line, I know u meant "chance". Just pointing it out so that you could fix the typo.

Ps. Will edit this post once it chances

Guest said:

You learn not to share your personal information with strangers when your in 3rd grade. Is anyone surprised when stuff like this happens? I don't feel sorry for these people.

The phrase used to be "There's a sucker born every minute."

I'm convinced its every second.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

You will never make me think, this was not intentional.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Oh snap!

Guest said:

Burn Zuckerberg at the stake! Witch! Witch!

God, I hate Facefart, Farcebook, Facefarce, Farkbook and whatever else it really is.

Please Jesus, burn them all.

Allah, you are on standby.

Guest said:

It wasn't a bug.

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