Surprise! Facebook screwed up on even more Instagram passwords

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In fact, the company went public with last month's "revelation" that it stored user passwords in plaintext for years only after investigative reporter Brian Krebs published an article citing an internal source. But a company spokesperson said Facebook simply learned that more Instagram passwords than originally suspected were exposed.

Facebook has revealed millions of Instagram users have had their passwords stored in plain text, a security slip that left them readable by the social networking platform's employees.

The social media company confirmed the same in its updated blog post that was first published on March 21.

One hour before the long-awaited dossier by Robert Mueller - special counsel of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential elections - began circulating in Washington DC and beyond, Facebook quietly amended an online press release it issued in March.

Facebook has again reiterated that there has been no evidence of misuse of this password data.

Facebook said these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed. "Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed". Those passwords were accessible to as many as 20,000 Facebook employees and dated back as early as 2012, cybersecurity blog KrebsOnSecurity said in its report. However, Instagram users impacted by the incident will be notified by the company. Still, it's a good idea for affected users to change their passwords to stay safe.

In total, over 1.5 million users had their email addresses imported after forcing them to share their passwords. "We have fixed these issues and as a precaution will be notifying everyone whose passwords we found stored this way", wrote Pedro Canahuati, Vice President, Engineering, Security and Privacy at Facebook. From there they should choose the gear wheel icon for settings, then privacy and security and then password.

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