Just as the world was watching the Mueller Report unveiled yesterday, Facebook quietly slid a key fact about the incidence occurred a few days ago where passwords of millions of users were unintentionally stored and displayed in a readable format internally and this has created a lot of steer in the tech community.
US attorney general William Barr was addressing a press conference related to release of Mueller Report and that is when Facebook quietly admitted new figures related the incidence in a previous blog that it posted carrying information on the password leak of millions of users of Facebook and Instagram combined. Although it managed to state that only tens of thousands of users from Instagram had their passwords exposed in an unencrypted readable format, the latest figures say otherwise.
Facebook added that millions of passwords belong to its photo-sharing site Instagram were exposed internally although there’s nothing to worry about as the tech giant didn’t found any traces and evidence of anyone using the passwords in any improperly way.
Facebook added that “We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed”, the post states.
This sudden change in a not-so-open way turns thousands of heads towards Facebook as the timing is used to update an old blog with new details rather than posting a new one amidst the ongoing Mueller report release is hauntingly shocking.
The new update came a day about Facebook reported that it unintentionally stored more than 1.5 million email addresses of its new users without their consent. Also, Facebook has been groped in a number of controversies such as the popular Cambridge Analytica scandal where Facebook leaked personal data of more than 87 million Facebook users thereby helping Trump administration either directly or indirectly. Earlier this year, Facebook rolled out an unsend message feature after some users complained about Mark Zuckerberg deleting some of his messages sent to users years ago.
Facebook is also looking forward to reunifying Facebook Messenger as a separate app within its Facebook app while it is also considering squashing Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp as one where all these services will operate individually but on the same platform.