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O2 fixes phone number leak, explains blunder

British wireless carrier admits that between January 10 and 2 p.m. today, customers' phone numbers could have been accessed by sites that don't belong to the network's roster of "trusted partners."

British wireless carrier O2 has fixed the issue that causes customers' mobile numbers to be shared with Web sites they visit from their phones.

In a post on its own site, the network admitted that between January 10 and 2 p.m. today, customers' phone numbers could have been accessed by sites that don't belong to the network's roster of "trusted partners."

The problem was sparked by technical changes during routine maintenance that "had the unintended effect" of letting website owners see the digits of people accessing their site.

Read more of "O2 fixes phone number leak, explains muck-up" at Crave UK.