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Bug exposes contacts of 6 million Facebook users

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:47 a.m. HST, Jun 22, 2013

Facebook says a bug in its system caused 6 million users' contact information to be inadvertently exposed.

The social media company said today that a bug led to users' contact information, such as email addresses or phone numbers, to be accessed by other users who either had some contact information about that person or some connection to them.

Facebook said in a blog post that the cause of the bug is "pretty technical" but that the problem is tied to its "Download Your Information" tool.

The company uses the information that users upload to better tailor the friend suggestions it issues. The bug caused some of this information to be inadvertently stored in association with a person's contact information as part of their Facebook account.

As a result, if someone downloaded an archive of their Facebook account through the "Download Your Information" tool, they may have been provided with additional addresses or telephone numbers for their contacts or people with whom they have some connection. Because the contact information was provided by other people on Facebook, it was not necessarily accurate.

Facebook said it has fixed the problem and is in the process of notifying affected users via email.

The affected accounts represent only a fraction of the over 1 billion users on the social media site.

Facebook, which is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., said that it has no evidence that the bug has been used maliciously and it has not received complaints.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Time to close my facebook account. I've been getting a lot of junk mail lately.
on June 21,2013 | 01:35PM
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on June 21,2013 | 06:09PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Smell ana l glands?
on June 22,2013 | 05:54AM
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on June 21,2013 | 10:30PM
mikethenovice wrote:
We still live under the Middle Age rules today. Nothing has changed underneath the technology of the smartphone and cloud computing. It's still a one man for himself society.
on June 22,2013 | 05:53AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I think you missed the whole point of this thread, mikethenovice, but, yes, for the most part, it seems to be true that it's still a one man for himself society. This can be highlighted by Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, and his actions pertaining to how he treated his friends. He stabbed them in the back in stealing ideas and took all the rewards for himself. He ultimately was sued by his friends and they won. He had to pay his ex-friends for the ideas that he stole. Our world and our society is about survival and that has never changed since the beginning. As we advanced we began to look at our society and our world differently. We began to think in terms of working together to achieve a common good. In a way it was our way of looking out for each other and thus society sprung up government. Underneath it all we continued to think in terms of ourselves. That is just survival instincts. Even with the advancements that we have made in technology people are still human underneath it all. The base desires are still there. The desire to amass wealth is one of those desires. But some have transcended that desire and are more concerned with the common good such as Mother Theresa. This is not a black or white matter. It is more like gray. Everyone falls within the spectrum of how we view the world and how we place ourselves within society. As much as I would like to think that we care for others beyond our immediate families. That is why we have organizations to help others. It is sad to think that one might believe wholeheartedly that it is, as many would say, a "dog eat dog" world. That is what it boils down to. But I do hope that the efforts of people like Martin Luther King have made a statement that will affect how we treat others and how we place ourselves in this one man for himself society.
on June 22,2013 | 09:39PM
tiwtsfm wrote:
Facebook is soooo yesterday
on June 21,2013 | 02:43PM
cojef wrote:
Never signed-up, but keep getting emails expressing that a host of my friends are anxious to contact me. I mean my son, brothers, classmates, even people I don't know. Talk to my son on the land-line tele, so no need to blog him, or regularly forward emails.
on June 21,2013 | 03:45PM
false wrote:
Ha Ha so glad Face is not on it.
on June 21,2013 | 04:48PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
This company was founded by a man that stole the idea from friends who are no longer his friends. His friends had to sue him for compensation for the ideas he stole from them and they won. It is ironic that this company's new motto is about "friends".
on June 22,2013 | 01:30AM
mikethenovice wrote:
FaceBook is just a disguise for spying.
on June 22,2013 | 05:50AM
kennysmith wrote:
you can just think of this spying is there job.
on June 22,2013 | 08:01AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Targeting the kids who throw caution into the wind.
on June 22,2013 | 05:53AM
kennysmith wrote:
i can see this is going to start now, this is why i don't let every one in my face book page or use it much no more. to much junk ads in it from other people i don't know.
on June 22,2013 | 07:59AM
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