Thursday, August 18, 2022

Facebook error causes around 600 million user’s passwords leak


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

A report by IT security researcher revealed leaks of millions of Facebook, including Facebook Lite and Instagram users’ passwords.

This was discovered by security researcher Bryan Krebs, said that Facebook left the passwords of 200 million to 600 million users stored in normal text, meaning that the information was readable and searchable by more than 20 thousand private employees of the company.

The company first learned about the problem in January and has since confirmed the terrible security failure, claimed that the problem had been fixed and no evidence of misuse of information was found.

All users whose passwords have been leaked will be notified, the company says.

According to Facebook estimates, this includes “millions of Facebook Lite users, regular Facebook users and Instagram users.”

A Facebook source alerted Krebs to the problem that the company is still working to determine the number of passwords leaked, and the exact time, but the internal investigation revealed the archives dating back to 2012, which show the passwords of users in normal text, said Krebs.

Facebook issued a public statement in conjunction with the Kreb’s report and confirmed that it discovered the complaint during a routine security review in January.

User passwords are usually stored in a way that makes the text invisible and makes it unreadable even to the employees, and it is not yet clear why some users’ passwords appear.


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