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November 12, 2015

iOS, Android App Was Stealing Instagram User Passwords

Who Viewed Your Profile - InstaAgent Found to be Malicious

Instagram is a video and photo sharing service that integrates with your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Apple and Google have given the boot to an app in their respective stores after it was discovered to be stealing the passwords of Instagram users.

The ‘Who Viewed Your Profile – InstaAgent’ app supposedly aided Instagram users in discovering who was viewing their profiles but, instead, was pilfering users’ login information.

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 10.17.44 AMThe app’s activities were discovered by Peppersoft developer David Layer-Reiss, who immediately took to Twitter to warn people.

“Who Viewed Your Profile #Instaagent will send your Instagram username and password to an unknown server,” he wrote in a tweet.

According to MacRumors, while the app was hugely popular in the U.S., it was the No. 1 free app in Canada and the U.K., putting thousands of people at risk of having their credentials stolen.

In the Google Play store, the site said, the app had between 100,000 and 500,000 users, adding the numbers could very well be similar for iOS.

It is recommended all users of the app immediately change their Instagram password as well as passwords for any other site that used the same login information.