Facebook Left Millions of Passwords Unhashed

Infosecurity Magazine | March 21, 2019

During a routine security review in January 2019, Facebook discovered that some user passwords had been stored in plain text on its internal data storage systems, an issue that raised concerns given that the company’s login system is supposed to mask passwords, according to the Facebook newsroom. The security flaw has reportedly been fixed, and Facebook said it will be notifying everyone whose passwords were unencrypted, which it said could be hundreds of millions of Facebook users in addition to tens of thousands of Instagram users. The social media platform did emphasize in its news release that “these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them.” According to Facebook's security policy, user passwords are supposed to be hashed and salted at the time an account is created, which makes them unreadable. However, “access logs showed some 2,000 engineers or developers made approximately nine million internal queries for data elements that contained plain text user passwords,” an unidentified Facebook source told KrebsonSecurity.

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Here at Wickr we work with partners everyday helping to ensure the security of their communications. That’s why we’re excited to share this infographic with the help of our friends at OODA Loop. This infographic is a great way to quickly learn how to protect company information and technology systems while traveling abroad. Of course, these tips also apply to individuals traveling abroad for non-business purposes or who just want to improve their overall individual security posture.

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Here at Wickr we work with partners everyday helping to ensure the security of their communications. That’s why we’re excited to share this infographic with the help of our friends at OODA Loop. This infographic is a great way to quickly learn how to protect company information and technology systems while traveling abroad. Of course, these tips also apply to individuals traveling abroad for non-business purposes or who just want to improve their overall individual security posture.

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