Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Hackers may have your email and phone number — Instagram users

Hackers may have your email and phone number — Instagram users

In an email sent to verified users on Wednesday, Instagram said that no account passwords were accessed, and the bug has been fixed. "No passwords or other Instagram activity was revealed" expresses Instagram's statement.

Verge reported that Instagram is working with law enforcement to push back on the sale of information.

But this week cyber-thieves exploited a bug in application program interface (API) that allowed hackers to upload some portion of the 700 million Instagram individual accounts. It was the same that was published after Gomez's and Bieber's vacations in Bora Bora in 2015.

Krieger is warning all Instagram users to be "vigilant" about account security. The account was shut down and removed and it was reinstated shortly afterward without those images. Like, I feel super violated. With the popularity of social networking sites, online threats also increase in the form of identity theft, hacking and the like.

The people behind the site, called "Doxagram", are reportedly selling the information for $10 in Bitcoin per search, "So far we've had 12 deposits totaling around $500", the site operator told Ars six hours after going live.

At first, the bug was believed to only affect verified accounts or at least this is what Instagram official stated.

Emilia Clarke, Harry Styles, and Emma Watson were among the victims of the attack. A hacker supposedly accessed United States model Blac Chyna's Instagram account and published private messages showing she had left Rob Kardashian. Despite Mike Krieger's positive attitude, Instagram is surely going to suffer and loose many users over this bug. We fixed the bug swiftly and are running a thorough investigation. "They'll need to catch their breath quickly though as other sensitive information has fallen into the hands of those responsible for the hack".

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.

Bosses have contacted high profile users to warn them of the attack, and encourage them to change their passwords.

"Your experience on Instagram is important to us, and we are sorry this happened", the company wrote. "You can access those tools by tapping the "..." menu from your profile, selecting "Report a Problem" and then "Spam or Abuse".

While a few of the addresses were public information, "many did not return any relevant Google results, implying they were obtained from some private source".

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