An Instagram hack hit millions of accounts on Friday

Victims’ phone numbers are now for sale because of the hack. Selena Gomez was first. Who’s next?


On Friday, a hack that exposed users’ contact information affected a far greater number of accounts than Instagram originally said. The bug, which appears to have been responsible for Selena Gomez’s account being hacked this week, allowed hackers to scrape email addresses and contact information for millions of accounts. (Instagram has said that the problem has since been fixed.)
Instagram would not comment further on whether it had sought to have the site shut down.

But even with the site shut down, contact information for dozens of celebrities now appears to be floating around on the dark web. A cybersecurity firm named RepKnight said it found what purported to be contact information for celebrities including:

Actors: Emma Watson, Emilia Clarke, Zac Efron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Channing Tatum.
Musicians: Harry Styles, Ellie Goulding, Victoria Beckham, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Adele, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears.
Athletes: Floyd Mayweather, Zinedine Zidane, Neymar, David Beckham, Ronaldinho.
For celebrities and other high-profile users, the hack could mean having to change a phone number, email address, or both.

Today’s news is troubling on at least two fronts. One, average Instagram users may be at risk of hacking. Two, Instagram says it does not know which accounts were affected.
Fortunately, The company also said it is “working with law enforcement” to combat the sale of stolen information.

Source: http://www.theverge.com

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