Instagram bug might have accidentally leaked passwords of some users

Isaac Cain
November 19, 2018

For some reason, these passwords were also stored on Facebook's servers, however the notification said that data has been deleted and the tool was updated so it won't happen now. Users affected are encouraged to change their passwords and clear their browser history. Until now. Over the weekend, it was revealed that a new security flaw could have inadvertently exposed Instagram passwords to public view. For some users it could have included their password in the URL of the link they've been sent to, um, download their data.

A spokesperson issued a statement to the Information, saying the issue impacted a "small number of people", but conceded that people sharing a network may also have had their data compromised.

The security breach was ironically linked to the "download your data" feature introduced to users in April which let them see the extent to which their personal data had been collected by the site, said The Information.

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.

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While Facebook is creating a negative impact, the users are still loving Instagram. And once the problem was discovered by Instagram, the system was changed to no longer reveal passwords.

A couple of months back, Facebook suffered a huge security breach that affected nearly 50 million accounts.

The company has however notified the affected users.

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