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Facebook today admitted it stored "some" of its addicts' account passwords in a plaintext readable format. For "some", read hundreds of millions.
The antisocial network quietly made the mea culpa in a statement that followed its breathless announcement of the Oculus Rift S Virtual Reality headset. The password snafu confession was, as far as we can tell, forthcoming from the Silicon Valley giant only after investigative journalist Brian Krebs blew the lid off the blunder.
Facebook - Error - January - Security - Review
Facebook said it realized its error in January, during a security review, and discreetly fixed the problem. Affected users can expect to receive a notification, although the Mark-Zuckerberg-run biz did not state if they would be required to change their password.
Keen to downplay the ****-up, Facebook protested that "these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook." And as for insiders getting their hands on the credentials? In a not-very-reassuring statement, the creepy ad-slinger asserted: "We have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them."
Snafu - Hundreds - Millions - Facebook - Lite
The snafu affects hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite fans, tens of millions of other Facebook account holders, and tens of thousands of Instagrammers – somewhere between 200 and 600 million total, according to Krebs' sources' estimates.
As users logged in, their passwords were stored in a readable format that could be accessed via internal systems. Basically, it logged the credentials in plaintext, and Facebook engineers were allowed to peruse those logs while looking for bugs and faults, though we're assured no one did anything bad with...
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