An Instagram Bug Leaked Many Celebrities' Private Information!

03 September 2017, 07:26 | Myrtle Hill

An Instagram Bug Leaked Many Celebrities' Private Information!

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The social photo service is sending out alerts that intruders got access to the phone numbers and email addresses for a number of "high-profile" users by exploiting a bug in Instagram's programming interface.

Selena Gomez had her Instagram hacked, which is being linked to the incident, according to The Verge. The bug, which has since been fixed, allowed at least one hacker to access the email address and phone number on an unknown number of "high-profile" Instagram users, Macrumors reported.

The company also asked users to follow steps to protect their information on the platform and said that it is "working with law enforcement on that matter". The hackers were charging $10 per search to give access to the information from the hacked accounts.

Instagram said users' passwords had not been stolen but warned that the attackers were looking for contact information.

The company, owned by Facebook, admitted on Thursday that contact details of "a number" of stars had been revealed to cybercriminals due to a bug in Instagram's software.

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Until now, it had been believed that only "high-profile" verified accounts like Selena's had been affected, but it turns out that the breach extended even further. While there's no way to tell whether your account has been compromised, it couldn't hurt to take a few simple steps to secure it. However, the list doesn't stop there since it also contains the private information of these following musicians and top athletes: Harry Styles, Floyd Mayweather, Beyonce, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Neymar, David Beckham and so on.

"Although we can not determine which specific accounts may have been impacted, we believe it was a low percentage of Instagram accounts", wrote Instagram CTO Mike Krieger.

The company advised verified users to "be extra vigilant" about the security of their accounts and be on the lookout for suspicious calls, texts, and emails. Additionally, we're encouraging you to report any unusual activity through our reporting tools.

"Protecting the community has been important at Instagram from day one, and we're constantly working to make Instagram a safer place".

This isn't the first time celebrities on Instagram have been hacked. Anyone wishing to acquire an Instagram user's personal data only has to pay $10.

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