Facebook says it stored millions of Instagram passwords unencrypted on its servers

An incredible number of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, On Thursday facebook said, raising its original estimation of thousands.

The social media giant said in past due March it had inadvertently stored passwords in plain text, which makes it easy for its a large number of employees to find them. The passwords were said because of it were stored on inner company servers, where no outsiders could gain access to them.

“We uncovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We estimate that this concern impacted an incredible number of Instagram users now,” Facebook said in a blog post.

“We will be notifying these users even as we did the others. Our investigation has decided that these stored passwords were not abused or improperly accessed internally,” the public network said.

It had also said in March that the problem affected “hundreds of millions” of Facebook Lite users and millions of Facebook users. Facebook Lite is created for people with old phones or sluggish internet connections.

“Millions” of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Thursday facebook said, bringing up its original estimation of tens of thousands.

“We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We have now estimate that issue impacted an incredible number of Instagram users,” Facebook said in a post.

“We are notifying these users as we did others. Our analysis has determined these stored passwords weren’t internally abused or improperly accessed,” the social network said.

Facebook, Instagram’s mother or father company, revealed last month that the unencrypted passwords of vast sums of users have been stored, placing the real variety of Instagram users affected in the thousands.

The social network’s managing of user data is a flashpoint for controversy since it admitted this past year that Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy, used an application that may have hijacked the private information on 87 million users.

Facebook has announced some goes to tighten handling of data, including eliminating the majority of it is data-sharing partnerships with outdoors companies.

The California firm reaches around 2.7 billion people who have its core sociable network, Instagram and messaging applications.