24 June 2013 | Category: Online
The social networking giant has admitted that email addresses and telephone numbers of it's users were inadvertently made accessible to people who should not have had access to that information.
Facebook provides users with a Download Your Information (DYI) tool that allows them to download an archive of their information. The tool was accidentally including the details of recommended people by mistake. The flaw is believed to have emerged in 2012, but was only reported by anonymous programmer last week.
Facebook published an article about the flaw on it's company blog yesterday afternoon. "It's still something we're upset and embarrassed by, and we'll work doubly hard to make sure nothing like this happens again".
Members effected by the flaw have now been notified by email. Facebook have also offered a cash reward to the anonymous programmer who reported the vulnerability.