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Instagram leak reveals ‘private data’ of 49 million users – including phone numbers

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Instagram has accidentally leaked information from 49 million of its users, including key influencers and bloggers.

A huge database with information about celebrities, influencers and brand accounts were recently discovered online, and anyone can get.

How was the leak discovered?

Security researcher Anurag Sen discovers the database and alerted TechCrunch in the hope that some action would be taken to protect this information.

It was easily discovered, because it was hosted by Amazon Web Services and do not need a password to view.

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When it was first discovered, this contains the information of around 49million Instagram users, but that number is growing by the hour.

TechCrunch perform the database back to Mumbai-based social media marketing Chtrbox, who have now taken the database offline.

Who is affected by the Instagram leak?

Chtrbox is a company that pays influencers to post sponsored content on their Instagram accounts.

The database seems to have made my Chtrbox to work out how much to pay an influencer on the basis of the number of followers, engagement, reach, likes and shares that they have.

This is thought that only people with a substantial amount of followers and those who post sponsored content could be affected, including prominent food bloggers and celebrities.

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What kind of information was leaked?

The database of the public data from the influencer’s Instagram accounts, including their bio, profile picture and their number of followers.

In addition to this, revealed their location insand own contact information, including e-mail addresses, and phone numbers.

Some of the celebrities in the database confirmed that their information was leaked, despite she never had any contact with Chtrbox.

Has Instagram comment on the situation?

Facebook, owner of Instagram, released a report, which stated: “We are looking into the problem to understand if the data is described, including e – mail and phone numbers – was from Instagram or from other sources.

“We are also to ask with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it was available to the public.”

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A Facebook spokesperson has since told us: “We are investigating or a third party improperly stored Instagram data, in violation of our policy.

“It is also not clear whether the telephone numbers and e-mails in Chtrbox the database came from Instagram.

“Regardless of the ability of third parties, misuse of the user’s data is something we take seriously, that is the reason why we work quickly to understand what happened.”

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Martin Jartelius, CSO of cyber assessment firm Outpost24, said: “The last incident of influence Instagram seems to be a supply chain security problem, where one of the social media platform that the suppliers are not managed to the security of a database of Instagram accounts.

“However, even though the incident happened not within Instagram’s own network, it doesn’t make the company less responsible.

“When an organization needs to outsource or perform a partnership with a third party, it is their responsibility to ensure that none of the customer data in danger.

“They need to understand how the data will be held and provide for the external security is by default equal to their own.

“In this case, it seems that Instagram failed to do this and, as a result, the data of their customers in danger.”

Click here for more from The Sun, where this story was first published.

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