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Facebook security lapse affects millions more Instagram users than first stated

April 18, 2019 at 11:01PM

News that the company had insecurely stored passwords came on the same day as the release of Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report

Facebook chose one of the busiest news days in American politics this year to admit that millions more Instagram users were affected by a security lapse than it had previously disclosed.

At 10 am ET on Thursday, as attorney general William Barr wrapped up his news conference on the release of the report of special counsel Robert Mueller, Facebook updated a March 21 blog post, which revealed it had mistakenly stored the passwords of hundreds of millions of users unencrypted, to include a sentence admitting that millions more Instagram accounts had been affected.

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