Facebook has actually stored "millions" of unencrypted Instagram passwords

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An Instagram user (illustration). – Clément Follain / 20 Minutes

Facebook was just wrong by a factor of 100. "Millions" of Instagram users – not tens of thousands only – had their password stored on internal servers in unencrypted form, said Facebook Thursday, reviewing upward its initial estimate.

Instagram's parent company revealed on March 21 that the passwords of hundreds of millions of users had been stored on internal servers in unencrypted form while claiming that there had been no security breaches. He said that the concern was resolved and had concerned "hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users," a version of the site lightened for low-quality Internet connections, "tens of millions of other Facebook users and Facebook tens of thousands of Instagram users.

No malicious use

The social network revised its estimate Thursday: "We discovered new Instagram passwords stored in clear. We estimate today that the problem has affected millions of Instagram users, "said Facebook in an update to its blog post published on March 21. The group, which claims 2.3 billion active users worldwide, confirms that no malicious use of these passwords has been identified.

For more than two years, the group has been grappling with repeated controversies, from manipulation of the network for political purposes by countries outside the management of its users' data, which form the basis of its business model. Elected officials or regulators fire red balls on the group, which is the subject of lawsuits and investigations all over the place in several countries.

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