Sunday , July 25 2021

Instagram Exposes an Unknown Number of User Passwords

Instagram Exposes an Unknown Number of User Passwords
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  • Instagram has a data leak due to a bug that may have leaked user passwords.
  • It is unknown exactly how many companies have affected the social media company has not revealed too many details.
  • The bugs were linked to the "Download Your Data" feature, which allows users to see how much data the website has collected.

Instagram has a potential data leak with its "Download Your Data" compromised feature. Ironically, the feature is meant to serve as a security measure to help users view all of the data collected by the platform. Users who have been affected by the data leak have been notified already. The "Download Your Data" feature that went into effect at the European GDPR policy went into this year.

After Instagram's security incident the social media platform revealed that some of the users were accidentally discovered and that it had discovered internally. The number of people who are unknown with Instagram is not revealing any specifics. According to the principal research scientist Chet Wisniewski from Sophos "This is very concerning about other security practices inside of Instagram because it really isn't possible. If that happens, then there are likely to be bigger problems than that. "

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The "Download Your Data" tool has been changed to prevent a similar issue from occurring. Users have been asked to update their passwords and also delete their browser measures to prevent their accounts from being compromised.

Facebook is a platform that has been experienced from a number of data breaches including a recent incident that involved approximately 30 million user tokens being stolen. Facebook has been trying to bolster its security by going as far as acquiring a cybersecurity company in a decline in userbase, especially amongst the teenage demographic. With internet users being more sensitive to data breaches and leaks than ever, such incidents can have consequences for a platform reputation and user base.

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