Apr 5, 2018

Scammers abused Facebook phone number search

Facebook has discovered that "Malicious actors" have been harvesting profiles for years by abusing its phone number and email search facility. The site let people search for their friends by typing in their phone number or email address. Facebook has previously encouraged people to add their phone number to their account. Members could choose not to show their phone number on their profile, but by default anybody could then find their Facebook profile by typing in the phone number. The company has now disabled the ability to search by phone number.

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