While America was consumed with the partial release of an explosive report that has jolted the presidency and divided the nation, Facebook unvoiced some bad news: Millions of Instagram users’ passwords were compromised in a data-security lapse.
This followed a massive security failure the company announced March 17, in which the passwords of hundreds of millions of Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users had been stored unencrypted on the firm’s servers, open to employees.
On Thursday morning, as news bust about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on alleged connections between the presidential campaign of President Donald Trump and Russian election meddling, Facebook confessed to some other huge incident of mishandling client data.
The Menlo Park social media giant led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, beset by scandal after scandal over privacy and other issues, put the news out in an update to a March 21 blog post.
“Since this post was published, we discovered extra logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a clear format,” aforementioned the update to the post by Pedro Canahuati, vice-president of engineering, security and privacy.
“We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be adviseing these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not externally abused or properly accessed.”
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The company aforementioned it has besides found no evidence that any passwords at issue in the March 21 announcement were abused or misused.
Facebook, asked about the timing of Thursday’s announcement, aforementioned it learned of the extra millions of exposed Instagram passwords recently, after the March 21 announcement, and had been preparing to advise people.
“We want to be clear that we simply learned there were more passwords stored in this way,” the company aforementioned.