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Facebook accused of exposing millions of Instagram passwords

Different day, the same story, Facebook has released Instagram passwords without your knowledge or theirs

A barrage of privacy infringement accusations has been assailing the Facebook legal team in the past few days. Yet another one has presented itself as Facebook revealed on Friday that it had discovered millions of improperly secured passwords on its server. Facebook revealed in March that they had discovered a cache of Facebook passwords being stored in plain text form. This meant that several thousand Facebook employees who had access could have read them at any time. The company upon releasing this statement said that the passwords included those of “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users” and only “tens of thousands of Instagram users.” 

The company on Friday updated the same post with this statement “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.”Updating an old post in lieu of making a new one as an attempt to fly under the radar will not work in this case. Pedro Canahuati, Facebook‘s VP of Engineering, Security, and Privacy, said there’s no evidence the passwords were ever accessed or misappropriated. Irrespective of his statement the general precaution we could take is changing our passwords frequently. This news comes mere hours after the revelation that Facebook uploaded the email contacts of almost 2 million users without their permission. 

 

 

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