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Facebook a Sorry Site After 6 Million Users Private Data Shared

Posted: June 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Hack! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook a Sorry Site After 6 Million Users Private Data Shared

FACEBOOKFacebook says it’s “upset and embarrassed” that it allowed a software bug to share the phone numbers and email addresses of  6 million users. However the social network says no financial or other information was revealed to others, and there is “no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously”. Facebook says affected users are being notified by email.

The social media behemoth has stressed that the practical impact is likely to be “minimal,”  because improper data sharing would only have occurred between users who already had some connection.

In a statement Facebook said the bug “may have allowed some of a person’s contact information to be accessed by people who either had some contact information about that person or some connection to them”. It said the unwarranted sharing would have occurred when a Facebook user went to download an archive of their Facebook account through the social network’s Download Your Information  tool ::::

“We take people’s privacy seriously, and we strive to protect people’s information to the very best of our ability,” it said in a statement. “Even with a strong team, no company can ensure 100 per cent prevention of bugs.”

Facebook says the bug “may have allowed some of a person’s contact information to be accessed by people who either had some contact information about that person or some connection to them”.

It says the unwarranted sharing would have occurred when a Facebook user went to download an archive of their Facebook account through the social network’s Download Your Information (DYI) tool.

“They may have been provided with additional email addresses or telephone numbers for their contacts or people with whom they have some connection,” Facebook said. “We’ve concluded that approximately 6 million Facebook users had email addresses or telephone numbers shared. We currently have no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously, and we have not received complaints from users or seen anomalous behaviour on the tool or site to suggest wrongdoing. Although the practical impact of this bug is likely to be minimal since any email address or phone number that was shared was shared with people who already had some of that contact information anyway, or who had some connection to one another, it’s still something we’re upset and embarrassed by.”

Back in February this year Facebook was victim of targeted attacks by a hacker group, however the social media behemoth – as always –  stressed they didn’t believe there was any evidence that user data had been compromised.

“Facebook security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack,” the company said in a blog post. “The attack occurred when a handful of employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised. We remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day.”

The social network, which says reckon it has more than 1 billion active users worldwide, said it was not the sole target. Facebook’s announcement follows a steady flow of cyber attacks on other prominent websites :: Read the full article »»»»

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source: afp

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