Facebook admits storing passwords in plain text

phys.org | 3/21/2019 | Staff
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Facebook on Thursday admitted that millions of passwords were stored in plain text on its internal servers, a security slip that left them readable by the social networking giant's employees.

"To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them," vice president of engineering, security, and privacy Pedro Canahuati said in a blog post.

Blunder - Security - Year - Canahuati

The blunder was uncovered during a routine security review early this year, according to Canahuati.

He said that the Silicon Valley company expected to notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users; tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users whose passwords may have be vulnerable to prying eyes.

Security - Shortcoming - Heels - Series - Controversies

The basic security shortcoming was revealed on the heels of a series of controversies centered on whether Facebook properly safeguards...
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