MCMC urges Facebook, Instagram users to change passwords
By Digital News Asia March 25, 2019
- Any change of password has to be directly made through Facebook or Instagram application
- According to Facebook, these passwords cannot be accessed by any outside party
THE Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has advised Facebook and Instagram users to change their passwords if they have been informed to do so.
In a statement on March 24, the commission said routine security checks conducted by Facebook last January uncovered that hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by Facebook employees.
“However, according to Facebook, these passwords cannot be accessed by any outside party and so far, there was no evidence that the passwords have been misused by Facebook staff.
“Facebook has also informed that this problem has been addressed and affected users will be accordingly informed of this matter,” it said.
The statement also said that any change of password has to be directly made through Facebook or Instagram application or official page to prevent any party from trying to take advantage of the situation by duping people through fraud, impersonations and phishing.
It added that the MCMC would continue to monitor further developments on the issue and was working closely with Facebook.