Yesterday we brought you a report about how Instagram raised an alarm regarding how some hackers allegedly have access to some high-profile accounts. The hackers then sent a list containing names of 1,000 of several high-profile figures that included sports stars, celebrities, and media personalities to the Daily Beast.
The Daily Beast also confirmed that hackers scarred the information of unverified Instagram users, which is now being sold for $10 per enquiry via bitcoin.
Though, Instagram did confirm the security bug in a note posted by Mike Krieger Co-Founder & CTO on the company’s official blog on Friday, it, however downplayed the number of users affected:
“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.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we encourage you to be vigilant about the security of your account, and exercise caution if you observe any suspicious activity such as unrecognized incoming calls, texts, or emails. Additionally, we’re encouraging you to report any unusual activity through our reporting tools. You can access those tools by tapping the “…” menu from your profile, selecting “Report a Problem” and then “Spam or Abuse.”
“Protecting the community has been important at Instagram from day one, and we’re constantly working to make Instagram a safer place. We are very sorry this happened.”
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.
If you have an Instagram account, now is probably the best time to have your password changed and use the two-factor authentication and emails to secure their accounts. Another way to keep your account safe is to consider using strong password.