A spokesperson from the company has confirmed the leak and said in a statement that only a “small number of people” have been impacted. The company has confirmed to that this information was not exposed to anyone else.
The Facebook-owned company has apparently informed users whose passwords were leaked and those who have not been informed remain unaffected.
The new Download Your Data tool that allows Instagram users to receive that information may have left some users’ passwords exposed.
As per the company, passwords of some users who used the “Downloaded Your Data” feature were included in a URL in their web browser. These passwords were saved on Facebook’s servers. Instagram has reportedly fixed the feature, but has advised users to change their passwords as a precautionary measure.
“Temporarily, if someone submitted their login information to use the Instagram ‘Download Your Data’ tool, they were able to see their password information in the URL of the page. This information was not exposed to anyone else, and we have made changes so this no longer happens,” said an Instagram spokesperson.
The tool has since been updated so the problem should no longer occur, and Instagram is deleting any logged passwords. Affected users are encouraged to change their passwords and clear their browser history. Instagram added that the problem was discovered internally and only a small number of users were affected by the issue.
Instagram is one of the largest social media platforms with close to 700 million globally. This is not the first time that Instagram has suffered a security leak, compromising personal data of its users.
According to a blog post by Mike Krieger, co-founder and CTO, Instagram, even phone numbers and email addresses of those who’d made the information private could have been stolen.
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