In September this year, it was reported that over 50 million Facebook accounts had been hacked and another 40 million could have been affected. Moreover, 81,000 private messages were put on sale by hackers.
It appears now, that Instagram is also affected by such a security breach that leaked user’s passwords. This is basically a feature on the platform that allows users to download a copy of their own data.
An Instagram spokesperson said:
This issue was exposed internally and affected a very small number of people. There is a possibility that those small number of people were using a shared computer, or may be logged into a compromised network that could have left their data open.
This Instagram bug affected people who accessed that “Download Your Data” feature. The report says that Instagram sent a notification to the affected users.
These passwords were available in the URL of users’ web browsers and were sent to the Facebook’s servers as well.
The Instagram bug has now been fixed. The feature had released in April 2018 that provides its users a platform to copy the data that they have shared.