Facebook has revealed that it stores hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text. According to the company, the codes were only accessible to 20.000 of its employees, and it is certain that none of them used them maliciously….
In a publication on his blog today, Facebook announced that during a routine audit conducted in January of 2019, they discovered hundreds of millions of social network user passwords stored in plain text on one of their internal data storage systems.
The passwords were accessible to about 20.000 Facebook employees, but the publication says they were not accessible to others outside of the company.
"To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and so far we have not found any evidence that someone inside them used them maliciously. "We estimate we need to notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users and tens of thousands of Instagram users," said Pedro Canahuati, VP Engineering in the company's security department.
Facebook has corrected the problem and said he will start to inform millions of Facebok Lite, Facebook and Instagram users whose passwords have been exposed to company employees, even though the largest social network is still claiming that no code access was leaked to anyone other than Facebok.
If you are worried about your safety, do not expect to receive email from the company. Change your password directly to Facebook services.