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Scraped Instagram influencers Data Exposed !!

Scraped Instagram influencers Data Exposed !!

The database, hosted by Amazon Web Services, was left exposed and without a password allowing anyone to look inside.a researcher has found an unsecured database exposing millions of records online. The database included around 49 million records from scraped Instagram Influencers data.

Reportedly, the researcher Anurag Sen found the publicly open database leaking explicit profile records of Instagram Influencers. TechCrunch also verified the inclusion of data belonging to prominent celebrities, influencers, and food bloggers. The exposed data included details such as profile picture, bio, number of followers, account verification status, city and country, and some private data including accounts’ email address and phone number.

Leaky Database Now Closed, But…
This database allegedly belongs to an Indian marketing firm ‘Chtrbox’ that sponsors paid content on influencers’ accounts. Upon receiving the report of the matter, Chtrbox closed the open database.

Nonetheless, it remains unclear how they gathered the data. TechCrunch contacted some of the influencers whose data was available in the exposed records. They did verify their information, but denied any link with Chtrbox. It hints the firm would have scrapped this data from Instagram.

Facebook, the owners of Instagram, assures that they plan to investigate the matter, as per their statement,

Scraped Instagram influencers Data Exposed !!
We’re looking into the issue to understand if the data described – including email and phone numbers – was from Instagram or from other sources. We’re also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available.

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