Instagram hack: Contact information of millions of users leaked

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Instagram hack: Contact information of millions of users leaked

"We recently discovered that one or more individuals obtained unlawful access to a number of high-profile Instagram users' contact information - specifically email address and phone number- by exploiting a bug in an Instagram API", an Instagram spokesman told Fox News.

As per the recent warning from Instagram, they've been facing some bugs in their current Instagram application and hackers used the same thing to enter and hack all the high profile Instagram accounts.

Nonetheless, Instagram urged users to monitor their accounts for any suspicious activity, as the company is unable to determine the specific accounts that may have been compromised. Anyone wishing to acquire an Instagram user's personal data only has to pay $10.

Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger in a blog post said that the company has fixed a "bug" that "could be used to access some people's email address and phone number even if they are not public".

Celebrity musicians whose contact details were also identified include Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Victoria Beckham, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Snoop Dogg and Britney Spears.

Hours after the hack came to light, the hackers established a searchable database called Doxagram which could allow users to search for contact information of affected accounts for United States dollars 10 per search.

However, Doxagram, the site selling the information via the hackers, appears to be down.

An Instagram representative said late Thursday night that company officials are aware of the claim and are investigating it. Instagram has a reported 700 million registered users total.

"No passwords or other Instagram activity was revealed", Krieger asserted. Instagram intervened immediately, and Gomez regained control of her account. Additionally, we're encouraging you to report any unusual activity through our reporting tools.

Instagram fell victim to a major data breach, and it's unclear how many people have been affected.

"Protecting the community has been important at Instagram from day one, and we're constantly working to make Instagram a safer place". Instagram's security hole may be linked to an incident on August 28th, when someone accessed the account of Selena Gomez - the most-followed user on the site - and posted nude photographs of Justin Bieber.

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