Facebook admits it stored ‘hundreds of millions’ of account passwords in plaintext

Facebook admits it stored ‘hundreds of millions’ of account passwords in plaintext

Facebook confirmed Thursday in a blog post, prompted by a report by cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs, that it stored “hundreds of millions” of account passwords in plaintext for years. Both companies said passwords were stored in plaintext and not scrambled.

Facebook stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text

Facebook stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text

Facebook stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text. Facebook is once again making headlines after the company discovered it had been storing hundreds of millions of users passwords in plain text for years.

I’m 14, and I quit social media after discovering what was posted about me

Teens get a lot of warnings that we aren’t mature enough to understand that everything we post online is permanent, but parents should also reflect about their use of social media and how it could potentially impact their children’s lives as we become young adults.

Facebook admits storing unencrypted user passwords on its server, says issue fixed

Facebook admits storing unencrypted user passwords on its server, says issue fixed

Brian Krebs of security news website cited an unnamed Facebook source as saying the internal investigation had so far indicated that as many as 600 million users of the social network had account passwords stored in plain text files searchable by more than 20,000 employees.

Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords unprotected

Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords unprotected

According to security reporter Brian Krebs, who cited a “senior Facebook insider”, “access logs showed some 2,000 engineers or developers made approximately nine million internal queries for data elements that contained plaintext user passwords”.

Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

stored up to 600 million user account passwords without encryption and viewable as plain text to tens of thousands of company employees, according to a report Thursday by cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs.

Login With Facebook, Google or AT&T? Thanks, but No Thanks

Login With Facebook, Google or AT&T? Thanks, but No Thanks

There's more: Project Verify is better than the Facebook and Google SSOs because it's going to be checked against your mobile SIM card, phone number, user credentials, account tenure and phone account type (info only your wireless carrier has).

Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you

Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you

Facebook says it will use end-to-end encryption for its private messaging – certainly good news for people living in countries with repressive governments that spy on their citizens.

Facebook Data Gathering Reined in by German Facebook Ruling

Facebook Data Gathering Reined in by German Facebook Ruling

Upon completion of its investigation into the business practices of Facebook, the Bundeskartellamt last week found that the social media giant’s practices in relation to data obtained its services means that the platform users may be victims of ‘exploitative’ abuse.

WhatsApp founder warns world to ‘delete Facebook’ immediately

WhatsApp founder warns world to ‘delete Facebook’ immediately

Both Mr Acton and Mr Koum had tried to find a way to monetise WhatsApp without bombarding users with adverts (file photo) FACEBOOK'S PRIVACY DISASTERS December 2018: Facebook comes under fire after a bombshell report discovered the firm allowed over 150 companies, including Netflix, Spotify and Bing, to access unprecedented amounts of user data, such as private messages.

Facebook is rapidly losing millennials, US user base down 15 million since 2017

Facebook is rapidly losing millennials, US user base down 15 million since 2017

In context: A recent study shows that Facebook is losing users at a rapid pace, specifically among the younger demographic. According to a recent study by Edison Research, Facebook is hemorrhaging users in the US, losing about 15 million people since 2017.

WhatsApp cofounder renews attacks on Facebook and urges students to delete the social network

WhatsApp cofounder renews attacks on Facebook and urges students to delete the social network

Brian Acton, the cofounder of WhatsApp, urged students at Stanford University to delete their Facebook accounts on Wednesday as he defended his reasons for selling his instant messaging startup to Mark Zuckerberg for $19 billion in 2014, according to Buzzfeed News .

Telegram Gained 3 Million New Users During WhatsApp, Facebook Outage

Telegram Gained 3 Million New Users During WhatsApp, Facebook Outage

Two of these features include: The telegram has previously faced restrictions and bans in countries like Iran, as well as in its home country Russia, after Durov refused to comply with government requests for encryption keys and information on its users.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Explains Privacy Strategy in Interview

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Explains Privacy Strategy in Interview

Deep into Michal Lev-Ram’s fine new cover story on Facebook in the just-out issue of Fortune is this startling fact: made an average of $35 last quarter on each of its U.S. and Canadian users, ten times the amount of per-user revenue it collects in the Asia-Pacific region.

Zuckerberg's so-called revelations about privacy are old news, and deeply ironic

Zuckerberg's so-called revelations about privacy are old news, and deeply ironic

Mark Zuckerberg's recent blog discussing Facebook's vision to become a 'privacy-focused' platform comes just over a month after he announced its merger with Instagram and WhatsApp. The merger has raised concerns (from, amongst others, Ireland's DPC who regulate Facebook in the EU) for users' privacy across the three platforms and the sharing of data between them.

How to See Exactly Who Google Thinks You Are — And Then Turn off Their Tracking

How to See Exactly Who Google Thinks You Are — And Then Turn off Their Tracking

At their core, Google and Facebook are advertising companies — ads contribute more than 80 percent of their revenues. Next backbone of Google in data collection is Chrome, which is the most popular browser in both android and windows.

Fixing the Most Despicable Website on the Planet – Facebook

Fixing the Most Despicable Website on the Planet – Facebook

If you are a Facebook user with the primary intent of just keeping up with friends and posting the occasional photo here and there, you might be wondering if this should worry you and if so, why.

How Facebook stands to profit from its ‘privacy’ push

How Facebook stands to profit from its ‘privacy’ push

But critics say the announcement obscures Facebook’s deeper motivations: To expand lucrative new commercial services, continue monopolizing the attention of users, develop new data sources to track people and frustrate regulators who might be eyeing a breakup of the social-media behemoth.

Who and what do you depend on in your everyday life?

Who and what do you depend on in your everyday life?

The interesting thing however, is the often cryptic ingredient list in the products I buy as well as the odd nutrition value. People come to the store to buy gasoline so they can get to places.

Facebook's Fake Pivot To Privacy

Facebook's Fake Pivot To Privacy

Consider two kinds of platforms owned by Facebook, the company – the town square version, e.g. Facebook, the original social network for broadcasting widely, and the living room version, e.g. a messaging subsidiary, such as WhatsApp, which narrowcasts to a select audience.

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

The Massachusetts senator is calling for legislation that would designate the companies as “platform utilities” and the appointment of regulators who would unwind technology mergers that undermine competition and harm innovation and small businesses.

Facebook's Not Listening Through Your Phone. It Doesn't Have To

Facebook's Not Listening Through Your Phone. It Doesn't Have To

But unlike the Amazon Echo, which listens for just one of four trigger words, millions or perhaps billions of words and phrases could land you in a Facebook targeting segment. Because it has no specific trigger word for Facebook, your phone would need to listen for every targetable keyword.

Zuckerberg’s new privacy essay shows why Facebook needs to be broken up

Zuckerberg’s new privacy essay shows why Facebook needs to be broken up

In “ A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking ,” a 3,200-word essay that Zuckerberg posted to Facebook on March 6, he says he wants to “build a simpler platform that’s focused on privacy first.” In apparent surprise, he writes: “People increasingly also want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room.” Sign up for The Download Your daily dose of what's up in emerging technology Zuckerberg’s essay is a power grab disguised as an act of contrition.

The future of data ownership

The future of data ownership

Due to the centralized approach of storing user data, companies’ data centers have turned into golden trezors — a target for attackers, which leads to massive breaches. Here are the differences of storing user data locally on users’ device: It’s also better for businesses: How is this achieved?

Amy Klobuchar suggests taxing companies making money off user data

Amy Klobuchar suggests taxing companies making money off user data

Klobuchar said she didn’t want to inhibit innovation, and she suggested that the rule might only apply to “larger platforms, not startups.” In Europe last year, regulators proposed a tax on any company making money from advertising or selling user data within a country, regardless of whether they have a brick-and-mortar presence.

Lords urge tougher rules for tech firms

Lords urge tougher rules for tech firms

These are external links and will open in a new window These are external links and will open in a new window Image copyright PA Image caption A Lords committee wants tech companies to have one overarching regulator setting rules for user privacy, data and anti-social content Tech firms, such as Google and Facebook, must improve their "inadequate" responses to privacy and data breaches and anti-social content, a House of Lords report says.

Opinion | Zuckerberg’s So-Called Shift Toward Privacy

Opinion | Zuckerberg’s So-Called Shift Toward Privacy

Here are four pressing questions about privacy that Mr. Zuckerberg conspicuously did not address: Will Facebook stop collecting data about people’s browsing behavior, which it does extensively?

A Privacy-Focused Facebook? We'll Believe It When We See It.

A Privacy-Focused Facebook? We'll Believe It When We See It.

The Proof is in the Pudding At the core of Zuckerberg’s announcement is Facebook’s plan to merge its three messaging platforms: Facebook’s Messenger, Instagram’s Direct, and WhatsApp. The announcement promises security and privacy features across the board, including end-to-end encryption, ephemerality, reduced data retention, and a commitment to not store data in countries with poor human rights records.

Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy

Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy

Milking Facebook’s stewardship of WhatsApp for all it’s worth, Zuckerberg was intentional about pitching his new centralized yet private future for Facebook around the model of the encrypted messaging app, a platform so antithetical to Facebook’s broad mission that its founders left in disgust after cashing their checks.

Facebook’s new move isn't about privacy. It’s about domination

Facebook’s new move isn't about privacy. It’s about domination

People in China use WeChat for everything from sending messages to family to reading news and opinion to ordering food to paying at vending machines to paying for a taxi.

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