Friday, April 19, 2019

Facebook: Millions of Instagram passwords were stored in plain text

Facebook is one of the most popular social websites on the internet and it owns many products like Instagram that millions of people are using it nowadays. Yet, they still insist to neglect the fact that their security is low. A new security-related revelation about Instagram showing that millions Instagram passwords are saved and stored in a plain text.


On Thursday, the social networking giant, Facebook, confirmed that it had stored millions of Instagram account passwords in plain text. This is actually a new revelation on top of a story we already knew. Back in March, Facebook confirmed that “hundreds of thousands” of Facebook account passwords were stored in plain text. And, at the time, the company confirmed that “tens of thousands” of Instagram passwords were also stored in plain text.

From the report:
Update on April 18, 2019 at 7AM PT: Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed.”
One of the more interesting bits of all this, as noted by Recode today, is that Facebook was not going out of its way to make this news public. First, the company simply updated the initial blog post which is now more than a month old. And, Thursday was a busy day for most of the morning with other political-focused news stories breaking, which is right around the time Facebook updated the blog.

Just one more thing on top of another. Have you removed Facebook and its own platforms from your life? Or do these situations only give you a momentary pause before you return to the social network?



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