High-profile Instagram accounts breached

Instagram API Flaw Reveals Celebrity Data

Selena Gomez is bracing herself for a potential leak of private photos and messages after her Instagram account was hacked.

The social media giant had first said that the hack was limited to only the verified accounts.

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

"To be on the safe side, rich and famous Instagram users should probably change their login credentials anyway, remembering to make their passwords complex and unique to each online account they have".

Instagram says the breach has revealed the email addresses and phone numbers associated with each account, but passwords were not exposed.

But a recent vulnerability in the company's software allowed hackers to access the personal data contained in thousands - or perhaps millions - of people's accounts.

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.




Hacked details were posted on a database called Doxagram, which let people search for users' contact details for US$10 (S$13.56).

On Wednesday, after Instagram fixed the bug, the company sent an email to verified users warning them the attack was aimed at "high-profile users".

Instagram now has 700 million monthly active users, so a "low percentage" could still equate to rather a lot.

On Friday, Instagram CTO Mike Krieger published a blog post alerting all users to the security flaw.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we encourage you to be vigilant about the security of your account, and exercise caution if you observe any suspicious activity such as unrecognised incoming calls, texts, or emails", he said in the post. Additionally, we're encouraging you to report any unusual activity through our reporting tools. However, it did not mention correctly as to how many users had been affected.

"Your experience on Instagram is important to us, and we are sorry this happened", the company wrote. The hackers still have direct contact information for several high-profile Instagram, account holders and may still be selling the information in some other or the way.

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