Last week (Jun 21st, 2013) Facebook announced a security bug that exposed
users' personal contact information. In a post on the Facebook Security
Page, Facebook explained that some of the information that the site uses to
deliver friend recommendations was "inadvertently stored with people's
contact information as part of their account on Facebook". As a result,
anyone using Facebook's Download Your Information tool to download their
friends' data were presented with information that should have remained
This bug affected 6 million users.
What's more shocking is that it's been live since last year, but was
discovered only last week. Although the security team fixed the bug less
than 24 hours after it was detected, this highlights the fact that even
with a strong technical team and massive resources , it is impossible to
ensure that no bugs exist. This is worrisome as social media continues to
integrate deeper into our daily lives.