• Instagram kept your DMs and pics long after you deleted them

    1 month ago - By The Next Web

    It seems Instagram wasn't quite honest with its users when it gave them the option to permanently delete their messages and photos. Security researcher Saugat Pokharel has clinched a $6,000 bug bounty after noticing that the service kept messages and photos on its servers long after users wiped them, TechCrunch reports. The discovery was possible thanks to Instagram‘s own data download tool, which the company released in 2018 to comply with GDPR. It's pretty standard practice for companies to retain freshly deleted data on their servers until it can be properly wiped. Instagram says it...
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  • Instagram kept deleted photos and DMs on its servers for over a year

    Instagram kept deleted photos and DMs on its servers for over a year

    1 month ago - By Android Central

    The now-fixed bug was discovered by security researcher Saugat Pokharel.
    What you need to know
    A worrying bug was discovered on Instagram's servers.
    Security researcher Saugat Pokharel discovered deleted Instagram photos and messages were kept by Instagram long after he deleted them.
    He found data that had been stored for more than a year.
    A security researcher discovered a now-fixed Instagram bug that meant removed photos and messages were kept for more than a year after they were deleted.
    According to TechCrunch :
    A security researcher was awarded a $6,000 bug bounty payout after he...
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  • Instagram kept deleted photos and messages on its servers for more than a year

    Instagram kept deleted photos and messages on its servers for more than a year

    1 month ago - By The Verge

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge
    When you delete something from Instagram you expect it to be gone for good. But when security researcher Saugat Pokharel requested a copy of photos and direct messages from the photo-sharing app, he was sent data he'd deleted more than a year ago, showing that the information had never been entirely removed from Instagram's servers.
    Instagram says this was due to a bug in its system that it's now fixed, and Pokharel has been rewarded a $6,000 bug bounty for highlighting the problem. As reported by TechCrunch , Pokharel discovered the bug in October...
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