Hackers are at it again—and this time, they have hit hard at Instagram. The Verge and other sources reports that an Instagram bug has given access to hackers to access contact phone numbers and email addresses of verified users.
According to Instagram, the bug was recently discovered in Instagram’s app programming interface. The application programming interface or API is used by the platform to communicate with other apps. The company did not give further details on exact users affected.
“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,” a representative said in a statement to Variety.
“Our main concern is for the safety and security of our community,” Instagram said, according to the website.
“As always, we encourage people to be vigilant about the security of their account and exercise caution if they encounter any suspicious activity such as unrecognized incoming calls, texts and emails.”
Users have therefore been advised by Instagram to consider using strong password, change it as often as possible, and use the two-factor authentication and emails to secure their accounts.
Last Monday, the Instagram account of music superstar, Selena Gomez with 125 million followers was taken down by hackers. The hackers secured access to Selena’s account and were able to post some nude photos of her ex Justin Bieber. The account was, however, restored by Instagram later in the day.
Last July, some Instagram users were not happy as a bug reportedly deleted and disabled their accounts without permission. Early indication of this issue was first sighted when some users invaded Twitter and Facebook with complaints of how they were unable to access their accounts.
Some even complained that their accounts were deleted by a yet-to-be-identified bug. As a matter of fact, some Instagram users on Twitter complained that they got messages that their accounts were disabled for violation of Instagram’s terms, while others never received any notification, but found out that they couldn’t log in again.
Another possible reason why some of those accounts were deleted might not be unconnected with a report published by TNW that Instagram was cracking down on fake, spam influencers, and third-party apps that are being used to generate comments and automate followers.
More than 700 million people now use the platform every day, while about 400 million people check in daily. This could be the beginning of greater things to come, especially when you consider how other Facebook-owned companies are doing.
We will probably provide you with an update any become available soon; but we urge you to keep your account safe by changing your password and replacing it with a strong one. You should also consider changing your password as often as you can.
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