Facebook has confirmed that its password-related security incident last month now affects “millions” of Instagram users, not “tens of thousands” of users as first thought.
The social media giant confirmed the new information on its updated blog, first published on March 21.
“We discovered additional Instagram logs the passwords are stored in a readable format, “the company said.” We now estimate that this issue affected 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 subject to internal abuse or improper access “.
However, the social media giant did not say how many millions were affected.
Last month, Facebook admitted that it had inadvertently stored “hundreds of millions” of user account passwords in plain text for years, said to date back to 2012. The company said the unencrypted passwords were stored in records accessible to some 2,000 engineers and developers. However, the data was not leaked outside the company. Facebook still explained how the error occurred
Facebook posted the update at 10 a.m. ET, an hour before the Special Adviser’s report on interference in the Russian elections was released.
We asked the company when it learned of the new password loss scale and will update it if we receive a response.