Between 200 and 600 million of users affected
An internal investigation revealed that the passwords of some Facebook users have been stored in the company's systems without any kind of encryption, making them accessible to employees of the corporation, free of restriction.
Facebook, which claims to have solved the error, estimated that the number of affected users amounts to "hundreds of millions" in the case of Facebook Lite, "tens of millions" in the case of Facebook and "tens of thousands" in the case of Instagram. All of them have been notified in the following hours, inviting in some cases to change the passwords as soon as possible.
The company notes in its official statement that the error "caught their attention" because Facebook's login systems "are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them illegible". Krebs on Security added that the error affected passwords that, in some cases, date back to 2012. Despite this, Facebook insists that the investigation carried out internally has not disclosed any case in which its employees have abused from the free access of this data.
The sources consulted by Krebs on Security confirms that between 200 and 600 million Facebook passwords have been stored in an insecure way, making them accessible to more than 22,000 employees of the company.
Only shortly after the scandal of Cambridge Analytica which harvested data on millions of users, do you feel Facebook is still able to secure your privacy?