Instagram bug inadvertently exposed some users' passwords

The breach was linked to the

In some cases, there may have been chances where the user passwords may have been exposed to public view.

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.

Instagram reiterated that the bug had only affected "a very small number of people", and once it had been internally discovered the bug was fixed to no longer display passwords.

Security experts say that if the passwords were being securely stored that this should not have been possible, pointing to a deeper weakness.

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He said the only way it could show up in the URL is if the password were stored somewhere inside of Instagram in plain text, which isn't recommended in the security industry.

Another week, another security issue related to Facebook or one of its properties. The leak "compromised the personal information of more than 30 million users, including gender, work, birthday and location" as reported by The Information.

At this point, the scope of the flaw is unknown. As the name suggests, it allows users to download all of the information that Instagram has on them.

Instagram advises affected users to clear their browser history to prevent people from seeing the URL that included their password.

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