A Vulnerability on Facebook Resulted in the Disclosure of Personal Information of Instagram Users

A Vulnerability on Facebook Resulted in the Disclosure of Personal Information of Instagram Users

We have told you many times about cyber attacks before and we are here with a new one. A researcher discovered a Facebook bug revealing the email addresses and date of birth of Instagram users. When you create an Instagram account, personal data like email address and date of birth are always confidential; but Saugat Pokharel, a security researcher, discovered a vulnerability in which attackers could easily access Instagram users’ personal information.

This vulnerability, which provides access to personal information such as e-mail address and date of birth; quickly fixed after Facebook was notified. Nevertheless, according to the news in the Digital Information World; some business accounts compromised using the experimental features tested by Facebook. According to Pokharel, some experimental features Facebook was working on caused the error to appear. Although they managed to this bug, it is still affecting business accounts with access to experimental features. Here, the tool used by the attackers was Facebook Business Suite.

A Vulnerability on Facebook Resulted in the Disclosure of Personal Information of Instagram Users

The purpose of the experimental update was to show whether a Facebook business account is linked to Instagram and the test group. Later, the Facebook Business Suite tool was showing a direct message with personal information. By simply sending a direct message, all business users could access relevant information. Pokharel stated that these attacks are on public accounts that do not allow direct messages. Commenting on the subject, the Facebook representative said that this error lasted for a very short time and eliminated before causing serious damage. Although it is not certain how many people access this feature, according to the statements, it was a small experimental study and there were no signs of abuse. Don’t forget to check our other news about Facebook here.