Millions of Instagram users have details exposed by hackers

by Linda Olson September 3, 2017, 7:27
Millions of Instagram users have details exposed by hackers

Although the connection has not yet been confirmed, Selena Gomez's Instagram account, which is the most followed in the world, was infiltrated, causing nude photos of her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber to surface.

The bug that was found in the Instagram API, allowed the hackers to use a glitch to access a set of codes that apparently contained the phone numbers and email addresses of the accounts. (It has since been fixed.) While the company first said the hack was limited to holders of verified accounts, it said today that non-verified users had been affected as well.

Yesterday we brought you a report about how Instagram raised an alarm regarding how some hackers allegedly have access to some high-profile accounts.

Instagram alerted its verified users Wednesday of a security breach it said was due to a bug in its own software. "At this point we believe this effort was targeted at high-profile users".

"Although we can not determine which specific accounts may have been impacted, we believe it was a low percentage of Instagram accounts", according to a statement from the popular social media platform. The account is just shut down and there is no any access to it. Selena Gomes is one of the most popular Instagram account with over 125 Millions of followers. (If they do, you have bigger problems.) You can also change your username, if you want to go above and beyond to ensure that your information is safe.

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"No passwords or other Instagram activity was revealed", Krieger asserted.

"While Instagram has now fixed the bug that lead to the leak, the cat is out of the bag now, and those affected will have to take extra care to maintain their privacy", RepKnight cybersecurity analyst Patrick Martin wrote in a blog post.

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.

"We are very sorry this happened", he added.

Instagram discovered that a bug in their application's programming interface, was to blame for the latest hacking reports. In combination with social engineering techniques like spearphishing, the data exposed could be used to gain access user account access.

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