Instagram security bug exposed passwords of some users

Facebook faces another security threat

Facebook faces another security threat

This security bug affected those users who accessed Instagram's "Download Your Data" feature.

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. Until now. Over the weekend, it was revealed that a new security flaw could have inadvertently exposed Instagram passwords to public view. These passwords were saved on Facebook's servers. And if that wasn't enough, the passwords were also stored on Facebook's computers.

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The tech news website reports that Chet Wisniewski, a principal research scientist at security firm Sophos has said that if Instagram were storing passwords with the right encryption technology, this type of flaw shouldn't be possible. The company has confirmed to The Verge that this information was not exposed to anyone else. While Instagram says that the issue has affected a very small number of people, we recommend that you change your password immediately, and use the data download tool with caution. Instagram allows users to login to their accounts through their Facebook profile. And once the problem was discovered by Instagram, the system was changed to no longer reveal passwords.

While Facebook is creating a negative impact, the users are still loving Instagram. This is not the first time that Instagram has suffered a security leak, compromising personal data of its users.

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