Passwords of Some Facebook’s Users Were Stored in Plain Text

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Passwords of Some Facebook’s Users Were Stored in Plain Text
Short Title Employees of Facebook Could Access Millions of Users' Passwords
Location Global
Date 2019

Taxonomy Insecurity
Information Authenticating, Identifying, Contact
Threat Actors Facebook

Individuals
Affected Facebook Users
High Risk Groups
Secondary Consequences

Facebook announced that millions of user account passwords were stored insecurely, potentially allowing employees to access users' accounts.

Description

In March 2019 Facebook announced that millions of passwords of users' accounts had been stored insecurely, potentially allowing employees to gain access to people’s accounts without their knowledge. They were being stored in a readable format within Facebook's internal data storage systems. Storing passwords in plain text leaves them wide open to cyberattacks or potential employee abuse.Insecurity

As a precaution, Facebook stated they would be notifying everyone whose passwords they have found were stored in this way. The company also has repeatedly said it plans to improve how it safeguards people’s data.

Risk Statistics

Laws and Regulations

Sources

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/21/technology/personaltech/facebook-passwords.html
https://about.fb.com/news/2019/03/keeping-passwords-secure/