Facebook: 200 million user passwords stored without protection

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Around 200 million Facebook user passwords have been stored unprotected, the social network said in a statement released Thursday (March 21st). Facebook employees had access to it.

Facebook admitted to having stored about 200 million passwords of its users “in clear”, reads in an official statement of the social network, published this Thursday, March 21.

When the security system was checked in January 2019, a defect was discovered: user passwords had been stored in an internal database, with no protection.

“This caught our attention, because our authorization system is supposed to encrypt passwords. If this method is applied, they must become indecipherable, “reads the document. “We have remedied this defect and will be cautioning people whose passwords have been preserved as a precaution.”

It was stated that Facebook would contact hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users and tens of thousands of Instagram users.

Representatives of this social network pointed out that no one outside the company had access to these passwords and no malicious use of the data had been found.

They also said that no Facebook employee took advantage of this situation.

Earlier, Brian Krebs, a freelance journalist and computer security expert, announced that Facebook employees had stored the passwords of hundreds of millions of users in the clear.

He referred to the words of an unknown source. According to him, between 200 and 600 million users were concerned, whose passwords were available to 20,000 employees of the social network.

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