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Hackers Selling Instagram Users' Personal Info For Mere Dollars

Hackers Selling Instagram Users' Personal Info For Mere Dollars

"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". Two days earlier, the account of the U.S. singer Selena Gomez had been hijacked by hackers who posted photographs of her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber.

A seller on the darknet was able to harvest the email addresses and phone numbers of up to 500 celebrities by way of a bug in the popular photo-focused social network.

The company also said it is "working with law enforcement" to combat the sale of stolen information. A hacker supposedly accessed USA model Blac Chyna's Instagram account and published private messages showing she had left Rob Kardashian.

This week, the internet saw Instagram announce that it had been the target of a massive hack, caused by a bug that was in an Instagram API that exposed some user's contact details.

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. According to the Verge, Instagram now says the known scope of the breach has expanded to include at least some unverified Instagrammers.

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However, it appears that the breach affected more than just a few high-profile accounts. The hacker provided a list of 1,000 accounts they said were available for searching on Doxagram to the Daily Beast, and the list included most of the 50 most-followed accounts on the service.

The company quickly fixed the bug - but not before hackers began advertising users' private information in exchange for cryptocurrencies on the dark web. No passwords or other Instagram activity was revealed. "Additionally, we're encouraging you to report any unusual activity through our reporting tools", wrote Krieger. 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.

"We are very sorry this happened", Krieger added. In combination with social engineering techniques like spearphishing, the data exposed could be used to gain access user account access.

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