Facebook Inc (FB) Faces PR Nightmare With Celebrity Instagram Hack

Instagram hack goes deeper than Selena Gomez

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.

It seems that a bug in the Instagram API made it possible for someone to obtain a set of code, which potentially contained the email addresses and phone numbers for Instagram accounts. The popular Facebook-owned social media network said they quickly fixed the bug and have been working with law enforcement on the matter.

The report mentions that a sample of data shared by the hackers contains email addresses, phone numbers of famous politicians, sports stars and media companies.

Recently, Instagram has alerted all the verified and non-verified users about their accounts' security with an update.

Instagram co-founder and CTO Mike Krieger said in a blog post: "Although we can not determine which specific accounts may have been impacted, we believe it was a low percentage of Instagram accounts". (If they do, you have bigger problems.) You can also change your username, if you want to go above and beyond to ensure that your information is safe.

He noted that no passwords or other Instagram activity were revealed.

As a result of the hack, Instagram notified all verified users of the potential information leak, urging caution when receiving phone calls, text messages or emails from unknown sources.

Instagram is used by many high profile celebrities including the likes of Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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. Additionally, we're encouraging you to report any unusual activity through our reporting tools.

"Your experience on Instagram is important to us, and we are sorry this happened", the company wrote. Users' passwords were not exposed in the hack, Instagram said.

Overall, the Instagram hack, while troubling, is probably nothing for the average person to worry about.



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