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11Facebook App Asks to Read Users' Cell Phone Texts

When people with smartphones try to update their Facebook app, they are asked by the app if they want it to "read your text messages (SMS or MMS)."

This question has brought some alarm to Facebook users, but the social media site says not to worry (as usual), notes Fast Company.

Facebook states on its website, "If you add a phone number to your account, this allows us to confirm your phone number automatically by finding the confirmation code that we send via text message."

Apparently, this feature is for smartphone users who may not be smart enough to find a confirmation number sent via text by Facebook.

The Angry Birds app asked the same invasive question in 2011, reports Fast Company.

Recently disclosed NSA documents by whistleblower Edward Snowden state that the NSA has been spying on people via the Angry Birds app.

In more government hacking news, Wired reports that the FBI has seized the entire e-mail database of TorMail.

That news recently came to light in court papers when prosecutors indicted a man for allegedly selling counterfeit credit cards on the web. Apparently, orders for forged credit cards were being sent to his TorMail address.

Unlike the NSA, the FBI did have a search warrant for TorMail, but they copied the entire TorMail database.

Sources: Wired, Facebook, Fast Company

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