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Millions Passwords are set in plain text at facebook

Nowadays Facebook becomes the centre of a controversial platform among all the social platforms due to its privacy and security issue. But Facebook always gives proof to save himself from issues that they use strong data protection.

The password is stored in plain text by Facebook for many years-According to a report issued by ‘Krebs On Security’,200-600 million passwords of users are stored by Facebook in approximate 7to 8 years and this has made the passwords searchable to around 20000 employees. An issue is also raised regarding this by a security researcher, so the company has admitted the case but somehow denied the risk. Facebook says that they did not find any evidence regarding this that any employee of the company has improperly accessed or misused the plain text user passwords.
Also as per a privacy note by Pedro Canahuati, the vice president of engineering, “As part of a routine security review, we found that some users passwords were stored in a plain text format within our internal data storage systems.”

The protection used by Facebook to protect user’s data-
He also said that “Our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable.” The company ‘hash’ and ‘salt’ the password with a function called ‘Script’ and a ‘cryptographic key.’
However further referring to a senior Facebook employee that is familiar to the investigation, KrebsOnSecurity said that around 2000 Facebook employee has made 9 million internal queries, for data elements containing users passwords. Also, the company is trying to find for what reason they had fired this query.
TheKrebsOnSecurity also interviewed Facebook software engineer Scott Renfro in which he said, “we have not found any cases so far in our investigations where someone was looking intentionally for passwords, nor have we found signs of misuse of this data.”
The vice president Canahuati also assured that there is nothing important for us that users data. If you are concerned about your account security, the company recommends you to change the passwords or enables two-factor authentication for your Facebook account.

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