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.
CNET: Twitter misused security information for advertising purposes. “A Twitter security feature may’ve wound up costing people their data privacy, the company said in a statement Tuesday. Twitter said it recently discovered that email addresses and phone numbers meant to be used for security ‘may have inadvertently been used for advertising purposes.'”
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. “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. “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?'”
Bellingcat: Using Phone Contact Book Apps For Digital Research. “Popular apps such as TrueCaller or GetContact advertise the ability to see who is really calling you, even if you do not know the number, and alert the app user of spam or scam calls. However, the way that these apps gather information to determine the name of an unknown caller is not as broadly advertised.”
BetaNews: If you’ve added your phone number to Facebook for 2FA security, it can be used to search for you. “You may well have opted to maintain an element of privacy by omitting personal information such as your address and phone number from your profile. But if you’ve used your mobile number to secure your account with 2FA, even if it is not visible to others, it can still be used to search for you — and there is no way to opt out of this.”