Facebook admitted storing unencrypted passwords

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Facebook признал хранение незашифрованных паролейRepresentatives of Facebook have focused on the fact that the passwords “were not visible to anyone”.

The administration of the social network Facebook acknowledged that the stored account passwords of millions of users in unencrypted form.

As said the representatives of Facebook, in January while checking the security systems they “found that user passwords were stored in an internal database in a readable format”. “It caught our attention, as our system log in the social network made to encrypt the passwords when you use these methods they become unreadable, – the document says. We fixed these problems and as a precaution will notify those whose passwords, as it turned out, it was kept that way.”

“According to our estimates, we will notify hundreds of millions of users Facebook Lite [app allows you to use the social network], tens of millions of other Facebook users, as well as tens of thousands of Instagram users, the statement reads.

Representatives of Facebook have focused on the fact that the passwords “were not visible to anyone” outside the company. The administration of the social network stressed that it did not find any evidence of abuse and that the staff somehow took advantage of the situation.

Thursday is a journalist and an information security expert Brian Krebs said that the staff of Facebook for many years kept the passwords of hundreds of millions of users in unencrypted form. Approval of Krebs, we are talking about passwords, from 200 million to 600 million users. Access them are supposed to have about 20 thousand employees of the social network.

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