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WARNING: Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years

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WARNING: Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years

Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years
Hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees — in some cases going back to 2012, KrebsOnSecurity has learned...

Facebook is probing a series of security failures in which employees built applications that logged unencrypted password data for Facebook users and stored it in plain text on internal company servers. That’s according to a senior Facebook employee who is familiar with the investigation and who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

The Facebook source said the investigation so far indicates between 200 million and 600 million Facebook users may have had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by more than 20,000 Facebook employees.
All it takes is one person to make a copy of that data and all bets are off.

[Good thing I've never, ever had a FaceBookPalm account.]
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No care. I don't have/use that crap anyways.
More stress/anxiety for those that did/do......
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I mean... it's silly to think in this day and age that your password ISN'T compromised.

But I'm actually surprised by this.
Well not that surprised. But still a little surprised.

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