Instagram warns that some of its ‘high profile’ accounts have been hacked


Instagram is warning users of some its largest accounts that their phone number and email address could have been accessed by hackers who exposed a bug in the social network’s software.

Users of verified accounts were informed of the issue in an email sent by Instagram on Wednesday.

In the email, the firm stressed that no account passwords were compromised but that email addresses and telephone numbers had been accessible. Instagram also said the bug had now been fixed but advised used to change their passwords and enable two factor authentication on their accounts.

In a statement a spokesperson for Instagram said:

“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.

“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 emails.”

Instagram hasn’t revealed how many people were targeted by the hackers or comment on individual accounts.

The news comes after the account of entertainer Selena Gomez was reportedly compromised earlier this week. Variety reported that hackers posted nude photos of her ex, the popstar Justin Bieber.

H/T: The Verge


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