Facebook Suffered Year-Long User Data Breach
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

dislike buttonEver wonder how that person, who you didn’t want calls or texts from, got your number in the first place? Maybe it was Facebook.

The social networking company on Friday admitted it inadvertently exposed six million users’ phone numbers and email addresses to unauthorized viewers over the past year, Reuters reports.

Facebook blamed the information leak on a technical glitch in its archive of 1.1 billion users’ contact information. The glitch allowed Facebook users who downloaded contact data to their computers and smartphones to obtain information they were not supposed to have. The company says its technicians fixed the glitch 24 hours after it was discovered.

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Aaron Morrison

Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.

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