Facebook fiasco: Social media giant confesses storing passwords in plain text


facebookSocial Media giant Facebook once again became a part of major controversy after it admitted storing millions of passwords in plain text on its internal servers. The matter came into public eye after the passwords became readable to Facebook’s employees due to security slip on Thursday.

“To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them,” said Pedro Canahuati, Vice President of Engineering, Security, and Privacy in a blog post.

The blunder pertaining to the security slip was unraveled during a routine security review early this year, according to Canahuati.

This is not the first time that the social networking site has come under the scanner. In the past as well it had been subjected to a series of controversies encircling its privacy and safety standards meant for the users.

The recent fiasco clearly appears to be in contrary to the “Hacker Way” mantra that Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has espoused at the social network. “One Hacker Way” is the main address of Facebook’s vast campus in the California city of Menlo Park.

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