More victims of Facebook security lapse

16:42 | 20/04/2019
On April 18, 2019 Facebook revealed that its security lapse affected millions of Instagram users amidst the political turmoil caused by the Muller report.
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Facebook admits that more users were affected by its security lapse than it originally admitted

In the newest company update, Facebook’s representative said: “We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users.”

Facebook updated its blogspot on March 21 that revealed it “mistakenly stored the unencrycpted passwords of hundreds of millions of users”, admitting that a million more Instagram accounts had been affected.

At first, the March 21 blog entry indicated that “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users” were affected as their data was stored in an insecure way.

A few days ago, the world’s largest social network announced that thousands of users’ email contacts were uploaded without their consent unintentionally since May 2016.

Many security experts raised concerns, saying that it could allow Facebook access to a huge amount of personal data, which posed the risk of dangerous security violations due to the lack of confidentiality.

“As these exposures show, the data genie cannot be put back in the bottle,” UpGuard researchers wrote. “Data about Facebook users has been spread far beyond the bounds of what Facebook can control today.”

By Luu Huong

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