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He found a privacy breach, Facebook gave him a grant to plug the leak

Faced with a barrage of negative publicity about personal information leaks, Facebook has announced a new Secure the Internet grant program to fund research aimed at plugging those leaks.  

One of the 10 grants went to Northeastern cybersecurity expert Alan Mislove, an associate professor of computer and information science.

Earlier this year, Mislove and his graduate student Giridhari Venkatadri published a study showing how a feature on Facebook’s advertising platform allows information hackers to obtain your phone number. This is significant because a person’s phone number can be used as the first step in schemes to steal other personal data.  

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