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Your old phone number is a hacker’s dream — what you need to know

If you’ve ever changed your mobile phone number, especially in the past few years, then you may have created a huge security and privacy risk for yourself.

That’s because your old phone number creates a gateway for hackers, crooks and stalkers to take over your Google, Facebook, Amazon or Yahoo accounts, break into your online bank accounts and even stalk or blackmail you, Princeton researchers detailed in a new academic paper and related website.

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