Instagram Bug Leaves Some User Passwords Exposed

Donna Miller
November 18, 2018

In a statement to The Information, a spokesperson said the issue only impacted a "small number of people" although if those people were using a shared computer, or on a compromised network then it could've left their account info wide open.

The security flaw lies in the "Download Your Data" tool, which was devised to comply with the EU GDPR regulations.

"Temporarily, if someone submitted their login information to use the Instagram "Download Your Data" tool, they were able to see their password information in the URL of the page". Now, Instagram itself has exposed the passwords of its users.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, has come under increased scrutiny in recent months due to a string of security breaches.

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The tool has since been updated so the problem should no longer occur, and Instagram is deleting any logged passwords.

While Facebook is creating a negative impact, the users are still loving Instagram.

Dozens of Android users reported that the Instagram app wasn't working for them as of Saturday morning, with some posting about problems on mobile on Twitter late Friday. Once the user sets a specific time limit, the app will show a notification every day after that certain time limit.

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