Instagram Alerts High-Profile Users Their Data May Have Been Accessed


A bug that allowed hackers to scrape email addresses and contact information of @Instagram users affected a far greater number of accounts than Instagram’s CTO Mike Krieger originally disclosed in an official statement released on September 1st.

Initially believed to have focused solely on gaining access to A-lister accounts, it was recently revealed that the hackers might have stolen almost six million Instagram account users' private information. Hours after the hack was disclosed, hackers created a searchable database which allowed users to search for victims’ contact information for $10 per search. The hacker also provided a list of 1,000 accounts they said were available for searching to @thedailybeast, and the list included most of the 50 most-followed accounts on the service. Following the hack, Mike Krieger also cautioned users to be vigilant about the security of their account, and to exercise caution if any suspicious activity such as unrecognized incoming calls, texts, or emails is observed.

Have you noticed any suspicious calls or text lately?