Instagram confirms hackers' bug which steals celebrity info on its platform

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"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 spokesperson told Silicon UK in an emailed statement.

Instagram doesn't know which accounts have been compromised, but the number includes celebrities like Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Cristiano Ronaldo - the three most most followed people on the site.

The problem has since been fixed, according to The Verge, but it still allowed hackers to get a hold of millions of users' email addresses and phone numbers.

Instagram claims to have already patched the bug, and has also notified all holders of verified accounts (celebrities were initially thought to be the primary target of the attack). A hacker group by the name - 'Doxgram', has claimed responsibility for the hack and now it is offering details from the stolen accounts for mere $10 per lookup in the underground internet.

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"High-profile Instagram users can breathe a small sigh of relief after the Facebook-owned social network yesterday revealed that no passwords had been swiped in the recent breach of the photo-sharing site", said Lee Munson, security researcher at Comparitech.com.

The telephone numbers and email addresses of "high-profile Instagram users" have been exposed, but thankfully no passwords. "After additional analysis, we have determined that this issue potentially impacted some non-verified accounts as well", Instagram co-founder and chief technical officer Mike Krieger said 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. "Additionally, we're encouraging you to report any unusual activity through our reporting tools", wrote Krieger. "We are very sorry this happened".

It was clear to the team at Instagram that the hackers were targeting high-profile accounts on objective that is why they made it clear that their main concern now, is the safety of their community. It's highly probable that after this per-request-sale, hackers will try to sell the entire data dump altogether.

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