Facebook has affirmed its password-related security incident a month ago currently influences “millions” of Instagram clients, not “tens of thousands” as first thought.
The social media giant affirmed the new data in its updated blog post, first published on March 21.
“We found extra logs of Instagram passwords being put away in a readable format,” the organization said. “We presently gauge that this issue affected a huge number of Instagram users. We will notify these users as we did the others.”
“Our investigation has verified that these stored passwords were not internally abused or inappropriately accessed,” the refreshed post stated, yet the organization still has not said how it made that determination.
The social media giant did not say what number of millions were influenced, notwithstanding.
A month ago, Facebook admitted it had inadvertently stored “hundreds of millions” of user account passwords in plaintext for quite a long time, said to have dated as far back as 2012. The organization said the decoded passwords were put away in logs available to about 2,000 developers and engineers. The information was not spilled outside of the organization, in any case. Facebook still hasn’t clarified how the bug happened.
Facebook posted the update at 10 am ET — an hour prior to the Special Counsel’s report into Russian election interference was set to be published.
When reached, spokesperson Liz Bourgeois said Facebook does not have “an exact number” yet to share, and declined to state precisely when the additional discovery was made.