Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook reveals 'millions' of Instagram passwords were exposed

Facebook reveals 'millions' of Instagram passwords were exposed

Facebook reaffirmed that there is no indication that the data was improperly accessed or abused, despite being accessible to more than 20,000 Facebook employees, adding that affected Instagram users will be notified that their passwords were improperly stored.

Facebook did not give a specific number of those affected in its updated blog post.

Facebook has made a low key revelation that it stored the passwords for millions of Instagram users accounts in plain text on its internal servers.

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Welp, it looks like millions of Instagram accounts were left out in the open for Facebook employees to see. Facebook said the issue affected "millions" of Instagram users. Facebook had said the same about the 600 mn passwords earlier. "Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed", said the update from Facebook.

Simply put, the chance that your Instagram password was stored somewhere in a logfile, somewhere in Facebook's network, turns out to be 100 times greater than you might have thought three weeks ago. We don't know if Facebook is still looking for different ways to store user information or whether it already found a different way. According to a report in the Washington Post on Thursday, "the discussions about how to hold Zuckerberg accountable for Facebook's data lapses have come in the context of wide-ranging talks between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Facebook". The company says the new breach is in relation to the breach reported last month.

The social network's handling of user data has been a flashpoint for controversy since it admitted past year that Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy, used an app that may have hijacked the private details of 87 million users. Since then, there have been several incidents where Facebook acknowledged series of privacy lapses.

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