Facebook saved password of hundreds of millions of users in plain text

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A new report from the Kerbs on Security explains that Facebook has stored passwords of hundreds of millions of users in just plain text. The passwords were available to be accessed by those who had access to internal files for years.

User Passwords are typically encrypted in the company’s server with a process called hashing, but a thread of errors led to the exposure of users passwords to as many as 20,000 Facebook employees and as per the reports between 200 million and 600 million users are believed to be affected in this issue.

Facebook issued in the blog that they have resolved this issue and explained how did this issue occur and the company will inform all those who were affected with this. Facebook says there is no proof that users passwords were exposed outside the company or they were misused internally.

Facebook says that the issue has impacted “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users.”. Although Facebook says that the employees searched within the files containing passwords, though it’s not clear for what they have been searching.

Facebook data breaching is not just ending multiple data breach, hacking has been found on Facebook.

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