Add another strike against Facebook’s privacy record.
Facebook stored millions of users Facebook and Instagram passwords in plain text, but the company says you don’t have to worry about it. Initially reported by Krebs on Security the social media giant has now confirmed that the issue.
According to the confirmation, the issue is due to a glitch in it’s password management system. The passwords were stored within Facebook’s own systems, and while they were not at risk to outside influences, literally thousands of Facebook employees had access.
Facebook VP of engineering Pedro Canahuati stated, “Our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable. To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them.”
The question remains, do you trust Facebook? Do you trust the thousands of employees that had access to these plain text passwords? If you’re still a Facebook user (and why would you be?) will you trust Facebook’s assurances that your password is safe? Or will you be immediately changing your password. I know what the smart choice would be.