Facebook has reported that it inadvertently exposed 6 million users' phone numbers and email addresses to unauthorized viewers over the past year. Citing to a "technical glitch", Facebook admits that since 2012 users who downloaded contact data for their list of friends obtained additional information that they were not supposed to have access to.
Facebook notes on a blog post 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." The Social Media giant apologized on its blog stating that the breach is "still something we're upset and embarrassed by, and we'll work doubly hard to make sure nothing like this happens again."
This breach comes in the wake of recent disclosures that Facebook (along with Google, Microsoft, Apple and Yahoo) turned over tons of user data to an electronic surveillance program run by U.S. intelligence.