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Google Says It Stored Some G Suite Users' Passwords In Plain Text For Years

When storing passwords, companies will encrypt them in some way so that they’re secure. Apparently, that isn’t the case for Google, who recently discovered a bug that left some users unprotected. On Tuesday, Google published a blog post disclosing that a portion of its G Suite users had their passwords left in plain text. The bug started around 2005, but Google says it hasn’t seen any sign of improper access or misuse of the affected passwords. “We take the security of our enterprise customers extremely seriously, and pride ourselves in advancing the industry’s best practices for account security,” Suzanne Frey, Vice President of Engineering, wrote. “Here we did not live up to our own standards, nor those of our customers. We apologize to our users and will do better.” G Suite is the corporate version of Gmail and other Google apps. This issue does not impact any regular Gmail accounts. The bug was implemented when Google created tools to set and recover passwords for G Suite...

Vanessa Taylor

May 22, 2019