[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.