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Facebook Stored User Account Passwords in Plain Text File FOR YEARS

Mar 28, 2019 11:58:51 AM

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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 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 the actual f^¢&...

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. I honestly think the majority of people just don't care. They're going to keep on posting, and sharing, and chatting and volunteering every aspect of their life up to the faceless social media gods and their chief disciples in Menlo Park.

However, if you, dear reader, are not one of the lotus eaters I've mentioned above, there's hope for you yet. You can actually delete your Facebook profile and escape Lord Zuckerberg's evil influence.

I actually wrote about the matter almost exactly a year ago. You can read about that here if you so choose: Want to Delete Facebook? Here's How...

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Carl Keyser

Written by Carl Keyser

Likes cybersecurity, emerging next-gen technology and long walks on the beach.