instagram user passwords leak


Instagram user passwords exposed because of bug

Another fumble for Facebook's security protocol.


Joseph Knoop


Posted on Nov 17, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 1:23 am CDT

Facebook is not having a good fall.

In addition to allowing up to 30 million user accounts to be hacked, there’s the bombshell report that the company hired a PR firm to discredit activist protesters by tying them to the liberal financier George Soros. Now, Instagram user passwords may be the victim of an accidental data leak.

According to the Information, Instagram notified an unconfirmed number of affected users that a new tool that debuted in April was the cause of the security error. Called “Download Your Data,” the tool is a strong dose of irony, allowing users to see how much of their personal data Instagram has collected. The tool was created to comply with new data privacy regulations in Europe, although one imagines that having a customer base that’s increasingly worried about their privacy is another core motivator.

The tool sent users their password as plaintext in the provided URL, and inexplicably, the passwords were also stored on Facebook’s servers. The notification sent out to users says that the data has been deleted and the tool updated to avoid future incidents.

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. Users who didn’t receive a notification are apparently fine, but it never hurts to enable two-factor authorization if you haven’t already.

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H/T the Information via Engadget

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*First Published: Nov 17, 2018, 12:22 pm CST