Instagram Security Flaw on iOS

Apple fans have always touted how much more secure they are with iOS is in comparison to other mobile operating systems – how the iron fist of the iTunes store also means that you are saved the hassle of having to face malware and viruses.

Well perhaps not so much. A security flaw has recently been uncovered in the Instagram iOS app which could allow a hacker full access to your account.

The flaw comes in the authentication with the Instagram servers. Your account information is stored and transferred in an unencrypted cookie file. If you are on an unsecure network, a malicious individual could technically grab the cookie and have access to your account.

Apparently the person who discovered the flaw has attempted to tell Instagram but has been met with silence for the past month.

It isn’t yet known if the Android app has a similar security hole, and there have not yet been reported cases of hacking, but nor has Instagram released an update to fix the problem.

But hey – I guess most hackers don’t really care about grabbing pictures of breakfast, lunch and dinner…

[via Geeky Gadgets | Image Credit]