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"Instagram Hack" Top Celebrities Account Data Leak Online

"Instagram Hack" Top Celebrities Account Data Leak Online 

This week reported that Instagram account of actress and singer Selena Gomez, the world’s most followed person on the photo-based social network, was hacked. The hackers also posted nude pictures of her ex-boyfriend and pop star Justin Bieber via her account. Eventually, the account was restored.

Facebook owned Instagram said that unknown hackers have exploited a critical bug in its server and have stolen personal details, including contact, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers etc. belonging to top celebrities and are trading them on underground hacking forums.

Instagram has confirmed the hack and said in a statement that: “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. No account passwords were exposed. We fixed the bug swiftly and are running a thorough investigation.”

The IT security researchers at Kaspersky were the first to notice hackers trading personal data of celebrities on hacking forums. The researchers reveal the methods by which hackers were able to obtain confidential information from users.