Facebook Android App Leaked Hundreds of Millions of Users’ Phone Numbers

oops. Sorry. My bad. :\


It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Facebook. Recently, the social network had to apologize for accidentally leaking the contact information of over 6 million users. And then, a few days later, it was revealed that even more people were affected by the data breach than originally reported, with the site standing accused of trying to hide the extent of its privacy problems.

But now, it gets even worse: It was revealed this weekend by independent third-party researchers that virtually all users of the Facebook for Android app had their private phone number disclosed to the social network without permission – a software blunder that could affect hundreds of millions of smartphone owners worldwide.

According to computer security company Symantec, which first reported the issue, “The first time you launch the Facebook application, even before logging in, your phone number will be sent over the…

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