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Personal data of about 760,000 people was leaked through an address book application service for smartphones temporarily to the Internet, information security company NetAgent Co. said Saturday, Kyodo News reported.
The application involved is called "Zenkoku Denwacho" (Nationwide Address Book), whose latest version has been distributed for Google Inc.'s Android operating system for free since mid-September, Kyodo said. It enables users to search information listed in a major address book developed by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., according to NetAgent.
But the application is also designed to send personal data stored in smartphone users' address books, including names and phone numbers, to a rental server. Such information was temporarily available through the Internet mainly to users of the application.