Instagram Hackers Seize Millions Of Customers' Phone Numbers And Email Addresses

Instagram Hackers
Instagram hack reveals celebrities' contact details
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03 September, 2017

The photo and video-sharing app said it "recently discovered that one or more individuals obtained unlawful access to a number of high-profile Instagram users' contact information". Two days earlier, the account of the USA singer Selena Gomez had been hijacked by hackers who posted photographs of her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber.

For celebrities and other high-profile users, the hack could mean having to change a phone number, email address, or both.

The hackers mainly targeted celebrities and verified users, including Selena Gomez, who's account was hacked two days ago.

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Instagram says it has since fixed the issue and that it is working with law enforcement. Instagram has used a lot of hazy language regarding non-verified accounts, and there's no guarantee that they've been compromised - or that it would even be possible to access the information anymore, now that Doxagram is down. Although we can not determine which specific accounts may have been impacted, we believe it was a low percentage of Instagram accounts. To make matters worse, unverified users also appear to have been hacked. The company, in a blog post confirmed that no passwords or any other information was revealed.

The spokesperson also mentioned on the report on Time that "As always, we encourage people to be vigilant about the security of their account and exercise caution if they encounter any suspicious activity such as unrecognized incoming calls, texts and email". The hackers shared a list of 1,000 hacked accounts, which contain the details of the top 50 most-followed profiles on the Instagram. Additionally, we're encouraging you to report any unusual activity through our reporting tools. The database was created following the breach, and the site operator said Friday morning Doxagram had already made $500. "We are very sorry this happened", Krieger wrote. Reportedly, a searchable database exists on the dark web where people can look up Instagram usernames and buy the phone number and email address associated with the account for $10 each.

The Instagram hack includes phone numbers of these following huge movie stars: Zac Efron, Emilia Clarke, Emma Watson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Channing Tatum.


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