Facebook Left Millions of Passwords Readable By Employees

Facebook Left Millions of Passwords Readable By Employees

Facebook left millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years. Facebook said there is no evidence its employees abused access to this data. But thousands of employees could have searched them. The company said the passwords were stored on internal company servers, where no outsiders could access them.  The security blog KrebsOnSecurity said some 600 million Facebook users may have had their passwords stored in plain text. Facebook said in a blog post Thursday it will likely notify “hundreds of millions” of Facebook Lite users, millions of Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users that their passwords were stored in plain text. Facebook Lite is designed for users with older phones or low-speed internet connections and is used primarily in developing countries. Facebook said it discovered the problem in January. But, according to a security researcher, in some cases the passwords had been stored in plain text since 2012. Facebook Lite launched in 2015, and Facebook bought Instagram in 2012. The expert said he could not recall any major company caught leaving so many passwords exposed internally.