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Millions of Instagram users affected by password security lapse: Facebook

Facebook said in late March that it had inadvertently stored passwords in plain text, making it possible for its thousands of employees to search them

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Millions more users were affected by a password security lapse than parent company acknowledged nearly four weeks ago.

The social media giant said in late March that it had inadvertently stored passwords in plain text, making it possible for its thousands of employees to search them. It said the passwords were stored on internal company servers, where no outsiders could access them.

said in a blog post Thursday that it now estimates that "millions" of users were affected by the lapse, instead of the "tens of thousands" it had originally reported.

It had also said in March that the issue affected "hundreds of millions" of Lite users and millions of Facebook Lite is designed for people with older phones or slow internet connections.

First Published: Fri, April 19 2019. 04:45 IST
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