[TechSpot] Facebook admits it stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text
Facepalm: Facebook's latest data security scare does little to boost confidence in the social network's ability to safeguard users' personal information. Official numbers are still being tabulated although according to one insider, the lax security measure could have put as many as 600 million passwords at risk.
A senior Facebook employee tells KrebsOnSecurity that the investigation thus far suggests between 200 million and 600 million users may have had their passwords stored in plain text. Worse yet, they were technically accessible by more than 20,000 Facebook employees with some archives dating back to 2012.
In its official statement, Facebook estimated they would be notifying “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users and tens of thousands of Instagram users.” Facebook Lite is a version of the social network optimized for slower Internet connections.
At this point in time, I wonder what will it take for people to stop using Facebook? Zuckerberg going on a world tour knocking on people's doors and literally rubbing manure on people's faces? Maybe not, maybe people will think that it's another "cool" social media challenge and that they'll now have to rub manure on their neighbours.
Lol, most people have no idea nor do they understand the ramifications; most people use whateverpassword1985 or something to that affect across all websites. Most people have no idea that they have likely already been owned and their credentials exists in various password databases floating around .onion sites.
It has been common practice by any big companies like financial institutions to be storing passwords in hashed value going back to at least the early 2000's. The fact that Facebook of all the big and mighty companies didn't do that when they clearly have the expertise and resources to know and do better shows you they actually don't give two poops about any of their users. Remember Zuckerberg said his users are idiots, shows you how much he cares; it's also funny that he isn't wrong.
Originally Posted by tpi2007
At this point in time, I wonder what will it take for people to stop using Facebook? Zuckerberg going on a world tour knocking on people's doors and literally rubbing manure on people's faces? Maybe not, maybe people will think that it's another "cool" social media challenge and that they'll now have to rub manure on their neighbors.
That's what happens when uneducated disinterested people create computer applications. Maybe it was some of the original code FB originated from, that college garbage.
FB at this point probably so damn huge and corporate that no one knows what is what. Riding the wave until it dies.
Doesn't take a genius to use a better password storing mechanism and not give out all passwords to tens of thousands of people just because.
Plain text... at this point that's an elementary school level error to make.