Latest Instagram Bug Exposed Passwords of Some of its Users

Ruben Fields
November 19, 2018

When using the new feature, some Instagram users' passwords were displayed in the URL, which was then also stored on Facebook's servers-a bigger issue for those using a shared computer or compromised network, according to The Information.

Instagram's "Download Your Data" tool reportedly had a flaw that revealed some users' passwords.

Earlier this year Instagram introduced a Download Your Data tool - a service that was released quite soon after Europe's General Data Protection Regulation was brought in. These passwords were saved on Facebook's servers. Now, the Facebook-owned Instagram has also fallen prey to a new security bug. However, the tool is available for users globally, and after you request your data, Instagram will email you a full copy your data in 48 hours. Via an official statement, Instagram says a "small number of people" were hit, and that the issue has now been patched up.

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The "download your data" feature was launched in April and it lets users export their photos, videos, archived Stories, profile, info, comments, and non-ephemeral messages.

At this point, the scope of the flaw is unknown.

The Information previously reported that Facebook is in the market to acquire a security company to beef up its defenses against hackers and try to avoid these kinds of mistakes. Users who didn't receive a notification are apparently fine, but it never hurts to enable two-factor authorization if you haven't already. Users affected are encouraged to change their passwords and clear their browser history.

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