High Profile Instagram Accounts Hacked; Personal Info Compromised

03 September, 2017, 07:25 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • Instagram hack reveals celebrities' contact details

An Instagram bug allowed users' contact information to be exposed and hackers to access celebrities' information.

As per the report by Variety, Music sensation Selena Gomez's Instagram was hacked and explicit images of her former beau Justin Beiber were posted.

It seems that a bug in the Instagram API made it possible for someone to obtain a set of code, which potentially contained the email addresses and phone numbers for Instagram accounts. At this point we believe this effort was targeted at high-profile users so, out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying our verified account holders of this issue. Fortunately, the hackers did not access any account passwords.

This week, the internet saw Instagram announce that it had been the target of a massive hack, caused by a bug that was in an Instagram API that exposed some user's contact details.

Hackers provided a sample of the data to The Daily Beast, who confirmed that it appeared to include private information from high-profile Instagram accounts as well as ordinary users. But before they could release the update, hackers have attacked on millions of accounts including the high profile celebrities.

This person sent CNN Tech a list a list of 1,000 purported Instagram accounts and associated data, and CNN Tech was able to confirm that some of the emails included were used by existing Instagram accounts.

The only thing that Mike Krieger, Instagram's co-founder and Chief Technical Officer could say regarding this major security breach is that he is very sorry about what happened. She has Instagram's most-followed account. They have even stored all the data of those accounts and put them on sale. The team from Instagram also added that, no passwords were compromised and the company has already dealt with the situation swiftly and that they are already running a thorough investigation.

Instagram was acquired by Facebook back in 2012.

A site is reportedly selling people's personal information after an Instagram breach was announced earlier this week, according to an Ars Technica report published Friday.

Instagram is now working with law enforcement, and it encourages users to "be vigilant" about possible suspicious calls, texts or emails.


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