WASHINGTON — Facebook and the rest of the Silicon Valley firms have been embarrassed by Edward Snowden’s exposure of the widespread NSA surveillance program.
Now, Reuter reports that Facebook had a year-long data breach where up to 6 million customers’ information was shared without their permission.
The breach stemmed from a series of data leaks that started in 2012. A technical glitch is to blame, where it collected contact information from 1.1 billion users, but accidentally allowed users to download contact data and see their list of friends’ information.
The bug was discovered last week and resolved within 24 hours.
In their official statement, Facebook said on its blog that “We currently have no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously and we have not received complaints from users or seen anomalous behavior on the tool or site to suggest wrongdoing”.