Millions of users of Instagram's image application – and not just tens of thousands – had passwords stored on internal servers in an unencrypted way, the Facebook social network announced.
"We found new Instagram passwords stored in a readable format, and we now estimate that the problem has affected millions of Instagram users," Facebook wrote in its latest blog on March 21.
Instagram's parent company revealed then that the passwords of hundreds of millions of users were stored on internal servers in an unencrypted way, claiming there were no security breaches, but then noted that technical problems had been solved.
The platform also noted that the concern has been resolved and that it refers to "hundreds of millions of users of Facebook Lite," a version of the extended website for low-quality Internet connections, "tens of millions of other Facebook users and tens of thousands of users of Instram."
The group, which claims to have 2.3 billion active users worldwide, also confirmed that no harmful use of these passwords has been used.
For more than two years, the group has been dealing with repeated disputes, manipulating the network for political purposes by countries outside the management of user data, which form the basis of its business model.