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According to KrebsOnSecurity, hundreds of millions Facebook users’ passwords are stored in plain text and can be searched by thousands of Facebook workers.

Reported by Geeknewscentral, Friday (3/22/2019), people on Facebook, an anonymous person talking with Brian Krebs. He said Facebook was still trying to determine how many passwords were exposed and for how long.

So far, investigations have found plain text archives of user passwords since 2012.

KrebsOnSecurity also spoke with Facebook software engineer Scott Renfro. He said that this problem was first revealed in January 2019, when security engineers reviewed some new code to see passwords, that accidentally entered in plain text.

It’s reported, Facebook sent a written statement to KrebsOnSecurity, where Facebook said it intends to notify “Hundreds of millions of Facebook lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users.”

Facebook posted information on the Facebook Newsroom, titled “Keeping Passwords Secure“. In it, Facebook acknowledged that during routine security reviews in January, they found several user passwords stored in a readable format in their internal data storage system. Facebook says this password has never been seen by anyone outside of Facebook.

Information from Facebook explains how they protect people’s passwords and gives some suggestions for securing Facebook and Instagram accounts.


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