Facebook Stored Account Passwords in Plain Text


March 28, 2019

I’m going to be blunt: if you’re still using Facebook you should probably have your head examined. They’re absolutely reckless when it comes to their end user’s security.

(Examples: Facebook Security Breach Exposes 50 Million Accounts , How Cambridge Analytica Leveraged Facebook and Exploited 87 Million Users’ Data, Feds Launch Investigation Regarding Facebook’s Data Deals)

Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse… it does!

Krebs on Security just revealed that the social media giant has been keeping up to 600 Million user passwords in a plain text file that was searchable by over 2,000 internal Facebook engineering staff members. What?!?!

Scott Renfro, a software engineer at Facebook told Krebs on Security that as of right now it doesn’t look like the data was compromised in any way. He also said affected users should expect a notification regarding the incident soon.

I’d love to say this is the final straw, and that people will protest Facebook and their awful security standards by leaving the platform all together, but that’s not going to happen.

However, if you, dear reader, are ready to leave, there’s hope for you yet. You can actually delete your Facebook profile.

Carl Keyser is the Content Manager at Integris.

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