Google admits it left some G Suite passwords stored in plaintext for 14 years

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Google said that it accidentally left some enterprise customers' passwords exposed on its servers for as much as 14 years.

A 'small percentage of G Suite users' were affected by a bug in its system that meant their passwords were stored in plaintext, giving some Google employees unfiltered access to the data, according to Wired.

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G Suite is a product targeted for businesses that offers bundled access to Google services like Gmail, Google Drive, Calendar, as well as other enterprise features.

The incident comes not long after fellow tech giants Facebook and Twitter disclosed their own privacy slip-ups, wherein they discovered some passwords were stored in plaintext.

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With the bug only impacting G Suite users, it means that consumers don't need to worry about their account being affected by the issue.

Google said it has begun notifying enterprise G Suite customers that some of their passwords were stored in plaintext.

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'We have been conducting a thorough investigation and have seen no evidence of improper access to or misuse of the affected G Suite credentials,' said Suzanne Frey, vice president of engineering for Google's Cloud Trust.

Typically, Google stores users' passwords by hashing them, which turns your password into a random string of characters.

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