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March 21, 2019

Over 20,000 Facebook employees had access to 600 million user passwords

It’s a day of the week ending in the letter “y,” so it should come as little surprise there’s news of another Facebook privacy transgression. The company says it found in January that some user passwords were stored in plain text on its servers. Face…
 
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March 21, 2019

Facebook admits it stored ‘hundreds of millions’ of account passwords in plaintext

Flip the “days since last Facebook security incident” back to zero.

Facebook confirmed Thursday in a blog post, prompted by a report by cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs, that it stored “hundreds of millions” of account passwords in plaintext for years.

The discovery was made in January, said Facebook’s Pedro Canahuati, as part of a routine security review. None of the passwords were visible to anyone outside Facebook, he said. Facebook admitted the security lapse months later, after Krebs said logs were accessible to some 2,000 engineers and developers.

“This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords [...]

 
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March 21, 2019

Facebook Messenger is getting swipe-to-quote replies

Back in October, Facebook finally granted WhatsApp users on Android the ability to swipe on a message to reply to it. Although this let us enjoy something iOS users had for a while, the company’s Messenger platform still didn’t allow users to quote a particular message to reply to it. However, the social media giant is working on making its messaging services more consistent with each other. Indeed, after allowing you to unsend messages, it’s now bringing the swipe-to-quote feature to Messenger as well.

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March 21, 2019

Pinterest hires the exec behind Walmart’s tech transformation

If you’re wondering how serious Pinterest is about turning itself into more of a shopping portal, here’s your answer: the company has just hired former Walmart CTO Jeremy King as Head of Engineering. King headed Walmart’s e-commerce team and oversaw…
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