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Personal details of about six million people have been inadvertently exposed by a bug in Facebook's data archive.
The bug meant email and telephone numbers were accidentally shared with people that would not otherwise have had access to the information.
So far, there was no evidence the data exposed was being exploited for malicious ends, said Facebook.
It said it was "upset and embarrassed" by the bug, which was found by a programmer outside the company.Facebook Admits User Data Exposed Due To Archive Bug [bbc.co.uk]
We recently received a report to our White Hat program regarding a bug that may have allowed some of a person’s contact information (email or phone number) to be accessed by people who either had some contact information about that person or some connection to them.
Important Message from Facebook's White Hat Program [facebook.com]
We've concluded that approximately 6 million Facebook users had email addresses or telephone numbers shared. There were other email addresses or telephone numbers included in the downloads, but they were not connected to any Facebook users or even names of individuals. For almost all of the email addresses or telephone numbers impacted, each individual email address or telephone number was only included in a download once or twice. This means, in almost all cases, an email address or telephone number was only exposed to one person. Additionally, no other types of personal or financial information were included and only people on Facebook – not developers or advertisers – have access to the DYI tool.