Tue. May 21st, 2019

Facebook stored millions of Instagram passwords in plain text

Facebook stored millions of Instagram passwords in plain text

Facebook says it stored millions of Instagram users’ passwords in plain text, leaving them exposed to people with access to certain internal systems. The security lapse was first reported last month, but at the time, Facebook said it only happened to “tens of thousands of Instagram users,” whereas the number is now being revised up to “millions.” The issue also affected “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users” and “tens of millions of other Facebook users.”

Passwords are supposed to be stored in an encrypted format that allows websites to confirm what you’re entering without directly reading it. But as Krebs on Security first reported, various errors seem to have caused Facebook’s systems to log some passwords in plain text since as…

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/18/18485599/facebook-instagram-passwords-plain-text-millions-users

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