bug left '685 million' netizens open to website hacks

Found on The Register on Saturday, 13 October 2018
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That staggering nine-figure number is because the security issue was actually within a toolkit, called, that tracks website and app users to figure out where they've come from, be it Facebook, email links, Twitter, etc.

Among the sites found to be using the vulnerable components were reviews site Yelp, cash wiring biz Western Union, Shopify, and photo-sharing site Imgur, it is claimed. Hochstadt estimated the sites together handle around 685 million user accounts.

So basically, all that happened because those websites want to analyze their visitors even more; and then they wonder why privacy addons in browsers are so popular.