Storing passwords in cleartext was considered bad, incompetent practice since the 1970s, at the very least. Probably earlier. Anyone doing it in 2012 was grossly incompetent.
> Anyone doing it in 2012 was grossly incompetent.
@liw or had ulterior motives?
@liw Does anyone believe a single word these companies say any more?
Fifteen years ago not salting your hashed passwords was widely known to be grossly careless.
Zuckerberg is an elite hacker and employs thousands of other elite hackers.
@jonw We did. The Unix /etc/passwd file was world-readable, but that was (supposedly) OK because the password field was encrypted.
And the vast majority of networks were not inter-connected back in the 70's so breaches were relatively local.
Only elites such as Military/Intelligence and some Academia would have been inter-connected. They had at least a 20 year head-start on the rest of the world to figure out best practice. Those studying in elite institutions like Harvard would have known about best practice.
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