This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor is sad to inform you that Instagram leaked your information for months. William points out that at least it wasn't Facebook this time — and Victor looks at him for that just like you're doing now. In better news, Apple has new MacBook Pro models and the much-liked software developer Panic is moving into games hardware, because it can.
A security researcher discovered a flaw in Instagram's website that left user contact information exposed for months, potentially allowing nefarious actors to create databases containing the phone numbers and email addresses of thousands.
An unsecured database thought to be owned by a Mumbai-based social media marketing firm exposed the personal information of millions of Instagram influencers, including those not affiliated with the company.
Facebook has admitted its major security breach from March where the social network stored "hundreds of millions" of plain-text passwords on internal servers was worse than first thought for users of Instagram, advising it may have affected millions of accounts on the image-sharing service and not the "tens of thousands" it initially reported.
Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have resigned from their posts at Facebook and will depart the company in the coming weeks, leaving the massively popular photo sharing app solely in the hands of Facebook executives for the first time.
The way that technology can touch us personally is captured in a thank you letter an iPhone user sent to Apple, noting appreciation for Live Photo's capture of ambient sound and video of a loved one who had passed away. Apple's chief executive Tim Cook responded with a note of condolences and appreciation for sharing the story, stating "it is deeply inspiring for us."
BlackBerry on Tuesday launched a lawsuit against Facebook, arguing that services like WhatsApp and Instagram deliberately copy features from BlackBerry Messenger, one of the draws of BlackBerry's once-dominant smartphones.
Instagram could add voice and video calling functions to its service, analysis of the app's code suggests, with the presence of files and icons bearing calling-related names and imagery hinting at a possible launch of the unreleased and unannounced feature at some point in the future.
Instagram on Wednesday said one or more hackers accessed email address and phone number information associated with certain high profile accounts using a previously unknown API "bug," but notes the flaw has since been patched.
Having scored early success with Instagram Stories — copied from a similarly-named Snapchat feature — Facebook is currently testing the same option in its core Facebook app for iOS, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.