Instagram Download Tool Exposes User Passwords

Instagram informed some users last week that their passwords may have been exposed as a result of using the “Download Your Data” tool. The tool, which allows users to export their profile information, photos, videos, comments and other data associated with their account, prompts users to enter an email address to which a download link will be sent and their Instagram password.

The social networking service said it recently discovered that when customers used the download tool, their password may have been displayed in the URL in their web browser after the data was downloaded. The company also found that the passwords were stored on its systems as a result of the process. Instagram says it has made changes to the tool to prevent such data leaks.

Read more about the Instagram flaw on SecurityWeek.