This security flaw story was broken by security reporter Brian Krebs, who cited a “senior Facebook inside source”, to say that “access logs showed some 2,000 engineers or developers made approximately nine million internal queries for data elements that contained plain-text user passwords”.
But the company refuted reports that user security was compromised. In a statement, Facebook’s vice-president for engineering, security and privacy, Pedro Canahuati, said, “We have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed” the passwords, which “were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook”.
He also said that Facebook has now fixed this particular issue, as well as some problems the company discovered in other security features, such as the code by which users log in through other apps.
This story now becomes just one in a long line of developments that have shown up Facebook’s almost callous attitude towards the privacy and security of its users. The Mark Zuckerberg-led platform has been embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica data-privacy scandal, emails which showed Zuckerberg and team auctioning access to its users to the highest bidder and this is the latest one.