Facebook is once again in the spotlight regarding the security of its users' data. New research has revealed that over the past 7 years, over 600 million social network account passwords have been stored in unprotected text files.
As a result, millions of accounts were easily accessible by over 20,000 social network employees, and from any hacker who had tripped over this little treasure. It is impossible to find out at the moment if your account has been affected, but it is better to be safe than sorry. So, go change your Facebook password!
To get a better idea of the magnitude of this security hole, 600 million users are very close to the total number of the population in Europe. Moreover, it is almost double the population of the United States. Therefore, the probability of your password being 'noisy' is not exactly low.
Your Facebook account may be compromised, change your password now!
Although this event has already been confirmed by the social network itself, it does not appear that it will take drastic action. Facebook has said it will alert millions of users who have had their passwords on these files, but will not force anyone to change their password.
The social network states that there is no evidence that anyone has abused this information. They are therefore confident that the security of 600 million user accounts is not at risk. However, this would not be the first time that a group of hackers gained access to this kind of information. Waiting for the right time to attack millions of users.
This type of security breach can become even more serious for users who use the "Sign in with Facebook" button on many other platforms. With this kind of increasingly common action, it's not just Facebook accounts that are at risk.
Finally, Facebook's official response to this incident also confirmed that they will alert thousands of Instagram users. Thus, it is also confirmed that in addition to Facebook passwords, also Instagram passwords may have been compromised.
Do you really think it's worth the risk? It will change your passwords now!
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