Facebook has quietly revealed that it had accidentally stored millions of Instagram user passwords in plain text, a major security issue that, according to the company, only concerned "tens of thousands" of people. # 39; s users.
In a March 21 announcement titled "Keeping passwords secure," Facebook said that during a "routine security review" it was found that some Instagram passwords were stored in a readable format . Passwords were available to Facebook employees, but the company found no evidence of their incorrect access or flight.
Yesterday, as the publication of Muller's report dominated the news, Facebook has updated the original press release with the following message:
Since the publication of this article, we have discovered additional journals of Instagram passwords stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this problem has affected millions of Instagram users. We will notify these users as we did the others. Our investigation determined that these stored passwords were not misused or misused internally.
The moment and the curious method of Facebook's revelation has drawn contempt from every corner of journalism, business and technology:
Unbelievable: When the Muller report was published, Facebook updates an old press article titled "Keeping Passwords Secure" stating that millions of Instagram account passwords were stored internally under "Keeping Passwords Secure". form of readable text. https://t.co/BiDfq1G8N3
– Alex Heath (@alexeheath) April 18, 2019
Facebook has chosen a good day to reveal that it has unveiled "millions" of Instagram passwordshttps: //t.co/5bjBUAIdPs pic.twitter.com/P6icWwRcXf
– Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) April 18, 2019
Facebook is therefore choosing the day of the year 's busiest year to announce that millions of Instagram passwords have been compromised.
And they do it by adding a note from the editor to a blog post of * March 21 *. Amazing.https: //t.co/r6JYNRvE43
– Ethan DeWitt (@edewittNH) April 19, 2019
It's definitely a total coincidence that Facebook has been waiting for the #MuellerReport dropped to quietly tell everyone, they exposed millions of Instagram passwords. https://t.co/4oGe2Cn2tI
– Alex Whitcomb (@AlexWhitcomb) April 18, 2019
If your Instagram password is one of those stored unencrypted, you will receive a message from Facebook about it. And even if Facebook does not believe that passwords have been compromised, you may want to change your Instagram password and any other account that uses the same password for your security.