In its March 21 blog post, Facebook said it found the user password issue as part of a routine security review in January, but stressed that the passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and that they had found no evidence that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed the passwords.
Millions more Instagram users were affected by a password security lapse than parent company Facebook acknowledged almost four weeks ago. At the time, Facebook said the problem only affected "tens of thousands" of Instagram users.
"Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format", the amendment reads today.
Facebook confirmed Thursday that password credentials belonging to millions of Instagram users were stored in an insecure format. It said the passwords were stored on internal company servers, where no outsiders could access them.Читайте также: Woman dies after shots fired during unrest in Derry
A Facebook engineer did make clear to him the company hadn't found any instances of someone intentionally looking for passwords, or signs that data had been misused. We don't know if Facebook is still looking for different ways to store user information or whether it already found a different way.
One hour before the long-awaited dossier by Robert Mueller - special counsel of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential elections - began circulating in Washington DC and beyond, Facebook quietly amended an online press release it issued in March. Still, it's a good idea for affected users to change their passwords to stay safe.
While Facebook reassures that the passwords weren't compromised or abused, it's remarkable the company didn't catch this sooner following the SNAFU that occurred last month.
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