Celebrity accounts hacked, data on sale for as low as $10

Instagram hack reveals celebrities' contact details

Social media site Instagram says it has fixed a security bug that allowed hackers to access the contact information of its users.

Apparently, three naked photos of pop singer Justin Bieber, Gomez's ex-boyfriend, were posted to her Instagram page, which has 125 million followers, without her consent. But the hackers told Ars Technica they were able to steal information from 1 million accounts an hour.

Personal data exposed in the hack include email addresses and phone numbers.

Recently, Instagram has alerted all the verified and non-verified users about their accounts' security with an update.

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However, it appears that the breach affected more than just a few high-profile accounts. However, hackers are always working on the ways to hack accounts and they did the same with Instagram.

On Friday, Instagram CTO Mike Krieger published a blog post alerting all users to the security flaw.

But while high-profile hacks are a dime a dozen these days, what's staggering here is how easily the information was obtained: in essence, sending a password reset request from an old version of the Instagram app resulted in a response containing an account's private data (sans password, thankfully).

Per the Verge, cybersecurity firm RepKnight said supposed contact information for a number of celebrities featured on Doxagram was circulating on the dark web, ranging from Hollywood celebs like Emma Watson and Leonardo DiCaprio to musician Harry Styles and boxer Floyd Mayweather.

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"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". Additionally, we're encouraging you to report any unusual activity through our reporting tools.

We've asked Instagram for more details and will let you know if it can shed more light on the situation, such as when the breach happened and how many people were targeted.

In June ESET researchers warned that Russian hackers behind the Turla trojan package had started using Instagram as a means of staying hidden once they have infected a target network. On a bitcoin forum, a user with the name Doxagram who was advertising the service wrote that the group offers "the only Instagram lookup service on the market" and can pull data on any Instagram account.

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