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Facebook Admits Password Leak Affected ‘Millions’ of Instagram Users

Facebook has finally confirmed that password security incident, which occurred last month has affected “millions” of Instagram users, not “tens of Thousands”.

Facebook has confirmed the new information, which you may find in its updated blog post, first published on March 21.

“We discovered additional logs of Instagram  passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company said. “We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others.”

“Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed,” the updated post said, but the company still has not said how it made that determination.

Facebook has not yet cleared said that how many millions of users were affected, however.

Last month, Facebook admitted it had inadvertently stored “hundreds of millions” of user account passwords in plaintext for years, said to have dated as far back as 2012. The company said the unencrypted passwords were stored in logs accessible to some 2,000 engineers and developers. The data was not leaked outside of the company, however. Facebook still hasn’t explained how the bug occurred.

Liz Bourgeois said that the Facebook does not have “a precise number” yet to share, and also declined to share the additional discovery, when was it made.

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