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Facebook Saved 600 Million Passwords as Simple Text: Report

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We lost the score of how many Facebook scandals occurred in the past year. Whether it’s data security, illegal data, data leakage, election manipulation, fake news and what’s not, Facebook has recently been in and out of various scandals.

This time, the company has acknowledged that it has stored confidential user data, ie, user names and passwords in a simple text file.

Facebook Saved 600 Million Passwords as Simple Text: Report

Facebook Saved 600 Million Passwords as Simple Text: Report
Facebook Saved 600 Million Passwords as Simple Text: Report

What is this absurdity? Even a layman knows that plain text files don’t have the least security. In addition, Facebook used the word “accidentally” and said it was “accidentally storing the data as immovable text”.

According to Pedro Canahuati, vice president of engineering, security and privacy, it was announced in January 2019 during a routine security review. Since then, passwords stored in plain text have been back to 2012, where were all the routine checks for 7 long years?

Facebook Saved 600 Million Passwords as Simple Text: Report
Facebook Saved 600 Million Passwords as Simple Text: Report

Facebook, according to Canahuati, uses the hash to mask the passwords, but due to some identifiable errors, the hash passwords have not been created.

It’s not the kind of mistake someone of a company could have expected as big as Facebook. Passwords and usernames were available to over 20,000 Facebook employees.

In his statement, Canahuati said a few users were affected. What we do not understand is how Facebook can name 600 million a few users. Millions of regular Facebook users and thousands of Instagram users have been affected by this security breach.

Although Facebook claims that passwords were not accessible to anyone outside of Facebook and there is no evidence of data abuse, most people believe otherwise.

Facebook Saved 600 Million Passwords as Simple Text: Report
Facebook Saved 600 Million Passwords as Simple Text: Report

An anonymous source, a former Facebook employee, said Facebook engineers had formulated over 9,000 plain-text text queries. How is it possible if the passwords are stored by hash?

None of Facebook’s statements make sense at this time, but the investigation continues. Let’s see what we have discovered in the coming months, as it is clear that Facebook and the scandals are already coincidental and we will get more information.

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