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Facebook has admitted to leaving the passwords of up to 600 million Facebook and Instagram users readable by its employees for years. Cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs first alerted the general public to the vulnerability and believes that in some cases the passwords stored in plain text date back to 2012.

“We have fixed these issues and as a precaution we will be notifying everyone whose passwords we have found were stored in this way. To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them,” wrote Pedro Canahuati, VP of Engineering, Security and Privacy for Facebook.

Security expert Troy Hunt of ‘haveibeenpwned.com’, the world’s largest data breach website said that the situation may be embarrassing for Facebook, but that there’s no serious or practical impact.

It is recommended that you immediately change your Facebook password instead of waiting for an email from Facebook.

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Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).
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    Best way to handle “Face Ache” is never get involved with it. My wife and I and our son have never used it and yet it has caused us family trauma due to those in our family who spread lies and inuendo. It is perfect for these types of people. Our son, who works in a very public area, has noted how it has detroyed the ability of many to communicate face to face. Because we are not involved with this “unsocial media” we actually have real friends rather than percieved friends. Give LIFE a try and avoid or dump Face Ache like many of our friends. For goodness sake get real and rejoin the world !

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      I have a very large and scattered family. Facebook enables me to keep in touch with all of them and stay abreast of what is happening in their lives. Talk about a jaundiced, anti-digital age attitude! Big woop you have friends in real life. So do I. It certainly does NOT prevent my ability to communicate with people face to face. Poor you, I feel really sorry for you Aquarian, you are such a Luddite! 🙂

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    I agree with you Aquarian, InfinityOz why can’t you just talk to them on the phone or via skype, why do you need to keep informed of their every move. FaceAche has caused so many problems in the world and they are not held accountable. I never signed up and although tempted to use their marketplace to sell things I keep saying I do not want to go their. I do have an Insta account but hardly use it, mainly to post wildlife photo’s to share and enter the odd competition, never ever will I post a selfie, I keep my private life to myself.

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    At the moment Facebook is the only way of informing the public of the treatment received by my family particularly my grandson in the ACT . It has been on 6o Minutes program April 7th. For wrongful incarceration in the Maximum Security Prison at Goulburn and in isolation for four and a half months without pursuing the truth For the public to know how certain members of the ACT police were inept in doing their job. How certain members of the ACT judiciary and ACT DPP acted without seeking the truth and how a case lasted almost five and a half years before the perpetrator owned up to lying and who is now is serving a three year sentence two years without parole This case caused emotional stress . trauma and financial hardship … lawyers fees amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lawyer’s fees which led to a broken marriage Now they are seeking restitution for all that has happened which is not forthcoming without a fight. Facebook has become the ground for a petition of which ten thousand people so far have signed which will eventually be forwarded to the ACT Attorney General. There are some good things about Facebook. It all depends on how people put it to use. Since I have used Facebook I have found that other people are seeking help through petitions. I do not sign all of them I read them carefully and when I think a petition is justified then I will sign. At the moment I am looking at the plight of homeless people .I hope that in my own little way that I can do some good by helping through the medium of Facebook the plight of those less fortunate than myself.

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    At the moment Facebook is the only way of informing the public of the treatment received by my family particularly my grandson in the ACT . It has been on 6o Minutes program April 7th. For wrongful incarceration in the Maximum Security Prison at Goulburn and in isolation for four and a half months without pursuing the truth For the public to know how certain members of the ACT police were inept in doing their job. How certain members of the ACT judiciary and ACT DPP acted without seeking the truth and how a case lasted almost five and a half years before the perpetrator owned up to lying and who is now is serving a three year sentence two years without parole This case caused emotional stress . trauma and financial hardship … lawyers fees amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lawyer’s fees which led to a broken marriage Now they are seeking restitution for all that has happened which is not forthcoming without a fight. Facebook has become the ground for a petition of which ten thousand people so far have signed which will eventually be forwarded to the ACT Attorney General. There are some good things about Facebook. It all depends on how people put it to use. Since I have used Facebook I have found that other people are seeking help through petitions. I do not sign all of them I read them carefully and when I think a petition is justified then I will sign. At the moment I am looking at the plight of homeless people .I hope that in my own little way that I can do some good by helping through the medium of Facebook the plight of those less fortunate than myself.

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    An outlet for nutters to allay their grievances – real or imagined. Buyer beware !!!


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