Vice: Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

Vice: Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers. “Facebook has become accustomed to dealing with multiple massive privacy breaches in recent years, and data belonging to hundreds of millions of its users has been leaked or stolen by hackers. But, instead of owning up to its latest failure to protect user data, Facebook is pulling from a familiar playbook: just like it did during the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018, it’s attempting to reframe the security failure as merely a breach of its terms of service.”

Troy Hunt: The Facebook Phone Numbers Are Now Searchable in Have I Been Pwned

Troy Hunt: The Facebook Phone Numbers Are Now Searchable in Have I Been Pwned. “The headline is pretty self-explanatory so in the interest of time, let me just jump directly into the details of how this all works. There’s been huge interest in this incident, and I’ve seen near-unprecedented traffic to Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) over the last couple of days, let me do my best to explain how I’ve approached the phone number search feature.”

Engadget: Clubhouse tackles privacy issues with its drop-in audio chats

Engadget: Clubhouse tackles privacy issues with its drop-in audio chats. “As The Verge reports, Clubhouse will no longer require access to your phone contacts to invite people to the platform — you only have to add their phone number directly. While that’s not as ideal as avoiding phone numbers altogether, it tackles gripes that Clubhouse was both asking for unnecessary info and creating profiles for people who never intended to join.”

Motherboard: Bot Lets Hackers Easily Lookup Facebook Users’ Phone Numbers

Motherboard: Bot Lets Hackers Easily Lookup Facebook Users’ Phone Numbers. “Although the data is several years old, it still presents a cybersecurity and privacy risk to those whose phone numbers may be exposed—one person advertising the service says it contains data on 500 million users. Facebook told Motherboard the data relates to a vulnerability the company fixed in August 2019.”

Humanities Kansas: Humanities Hotline

Interesting. From Humanities Kansas: Humanities Hotline. “The toll-free Humanities Hotline delivers interesting short stories anytime, day or night. It’s simple: Dial 1-888-416-2018 and choose from a menu of humanities highlights. These bite-sized micropresentations cover Kansas stories – both serious and light-hearted – and are researched and presented by experts across the state.

TechCrunch: WhatsApp resolves issue that exposed some users’ phone numbers in Google search results

TechCrunch: WhatsApp resolves issue that exposed some users’ phone numbers in Google search results. “WhatsApp has resolved an issue that caused phone numbers of some of its users to appear in Google search results. The fix comes days after a researcher revealed that the phone number of WhatsApp users who created a simplified link to allow others to chat with them or join a group appeared in search results.”

TechCrunch: A Twitter app bug was used to match 17 million phone numbers to user accounts

TechCrunch: A Twitter app bug was used to match 17 million phone numbers to user accounts. “A security researcher said he has matched 17 million phone numbers to Twitter user accounts by exploiting a flaw in Twitter’s Android app. Ibrahim Balic found that it was possible to upload entire lists of generated phone numbers through Twitter’s contacts upload feature. ‘If you upload your phone number, it fetches user data in return,’ he told TechCrunch.”

CNET: Facebook will stop using two-factor authentication phone numbers for friend suggestions

CNET: Facebook will stop using two-factor authentication phone numbers for friend suggestions. “Facebook will stop the practice of using phone numbers meant for two-factor authentication to suggest friends you may know. The move is part of the company’s efforts to clean up its privacy practices. Reuters reported the change on Thursday, which Facebook confirmed.”

Yahoo! Groups’ closure and a tale of Oftel: Die-hard users ‘informally’ included telcos (The Register)

The Register: Yahoo! Groups’ closure and a tale of Oftel: Die-hard users ‘informally’ included telcos. “The tossing away of user-generated content on Yahoo!’s long-running Groups site on Wednesday was not just bad news for all the hardcore users who are about to lose all their precious things stored there. Many were quick to point at telcos, who were using Yahoo! Groups to manage phone number assignments.” WOW.

TechCrunch: A huge database of Facebook users’ phone numbers found online

TechCrunch: A huge database of Facebook users’ phone numbers found online. “Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts have been found online. The exposed server contained more than 419 million records over several databases on users across geographies, including 133 million records on U.S.-based Facebook users, 18 million records of users in the U.K., and another with more than 50 million records on users in Vietnam.”

The Next Web: Google listed the wrong number for its product hotline, nobody noticed

The Next Web: Google listed the wrong number for its product hotline, nobody noticed. “Not so long ago, Google set up a consultation hotline in case you needed to be convinced why your home needs a smart speaker – or any other smart device. But if you were wondering why nobody was picking up the phone, don’t worry, it wasn’t personal: the Big G had listed the wrong number on product pages for months.”

MakeUseOf: 6 Ways to Find All Accounts Linked to Your Email Address or Phone Number

MakeUseOf: 6 Ways to Find All Accounts Linked to Your Email Address or Phone Number. “From the dial-up days till now, most of us have signed up for a countless number of online accounts. But we barely log in to even half of them today. Now, the email address or a phone number you surrendered for registration can be misused. It’s time to ask yourself—’How do I find all accounts linked to my email address?’”