Instagram has come out to inform its users that due to a security flaw, their passwords could have been exposed. An Instagram spokesperson who addressed The Information, said that the issue was ‘discovered internally and affected a very small number of people’.
The security flaw lies in the ‘Download Your Data’ tool, which was developed to comply with the EU GDPR regulations.
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For some users it could have included their password in the URL of the link they’ve been sent to, um, download their data. If you are using a shared computer, that link would have exposed your password to other people using it.
It remains a mystery why Instagram would store passwords in plain text, which is considered bad practice – like, really bad practice. This one editor here has just requested his data and is waiting to see the URL.