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BT has published - by mistake - the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of more than 800 phone users on its official Numberchange Web site. The boob – which comes in the same week bra maker Gossard is to hold National Cleavage Day - is a gift to spammers and other low life who could use the information to try and sell tat to unsuspecting people. BT may have its knockers, but this is a clear breach of personal privacy and an embarrassment to the telco. The blunder only concerns those people who've signed up to BT's E-Postcard feature. This email alert function allows people to notify others what their phone number will be following 'The Big Number' changes that are set to take place next month. Each postcard contains the name, old phone number and new number of customers. It also contains their email address. At the bottom of each postcard it reads: "This service is provided solely for the Customer's own use and is not for sale to any third party." Well, who needs to sell it when it's freely available on BT's site? No doubt access to the hundreds of files should have been protected by a password and BT will be doing all it can to rectify the lapse in security. No one from BT was available for comment by press time. The 'Big Number' affects Britain's numbering system and has been instigated to create extra capacity for millions of new numbers to meet demand for telecoms. ® See Also BT's Numberchange Web site - we haven't included a link to the exposed files, that would be plain silly, wouldn't it?

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