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Instagram Admits Millions Of Its Users May Have Had Their Private Info Compromised

Instagram Admits Millions Of Its Users May Have Had Their Private Info Compromised
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Updated 10 months ago

On September 2, Instagram revealed that a group of hackers targeting accounts of A-list celebrities may have gained access to millions of users' private data. 

Singer Selena Gomez fell victim to these hackers.

Three naked photos of her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber, were posted to her page. And her 125 million followers had access to the pics before her profile was shut down. It has since been re-launched.

While originally thought to be limited to verified Instagram accounts, Instagram confirmed the hack could have affected anybody.

Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger said:

We care deeply about the safety and security of the Instagram community, so we want to let you know that we recently discovered a bug on Instagram that could be used to access some people’s email address and phone number even if they were not public. No passwords or other Instagram activity was revealed. We quickly fixed the bug, and have been working with law enforcement on the matter. Although we cannot determine which specific accounts may have been impacted, we believe it was a low percentage of Instagram accounts.

Be careful out there, y'all.