A new bug has enabled cybercriminals to hack millions of Instagram accounts with hackers claiming to have stolen “sensitive information” of users with Instagram’s top 50 most-followed accounts also falling prey to the attacked.
Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, have refused to reveal how many accounts have been affected but it is believed to be “a low percentage”.
It is thought that users’ passwords were not exposed although it has been said that contact details for a large number of celebrities have been made available on the Dark Web.
High profile stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and Floyd Mayweather are believed to be amongst those hit. This may mean that stars need to changing phone numbers and email addresses to avoid the criminals.
Instagram’s Mike Krieger said that, “we quickly fixed the bug, and have been working with law enforcement on the matter.”
“Although we cannot determine which specific accounts may have been impacted, we believe it was a low percentage of Instagram accounts.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we encourage you to be vigilant about the security of your account, and exercise caution if you observe any suspicious activity such as unrecognised incoming calls, texts, or emails.”
Anyone who suspects that they may have been affected should report any unusual activity via Instagram’s in-built reporting tools.
To do this, tap the “…” icon in the menu from your profile, select “Report a Problem” and then tap “Spam or Abuse”.
You can check if any of your details have become public by going to the haveibeenpwned website. It is a free database that tracks any online breaches.