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Instagramers' Contact Details Leaked

Paul Rubens - May 21, 2019 - 06:01 AM
Instagramers' Contact Details Leaked
Email addresses and personal phone numbers have been found in a database of Instagram celebrities.

(CCM) — The private contact details of millions of Instagram celebrities and influencers have been found in a huge database discovered on a server hosted in the cloud by Amazon, Techcrunch is reporting.

The database, which had almost 50 million records, had no password protection so anyone could go online and browse its contents before it was removed yesterday. It included Instagram users' bio, profile picture, and the number of followers they have, as well as private contact information such as users' email addresses and phone numbers, according to the report. Amongst those found in the database are famous food bloggers and other well known social media influencers, according to Techcrunch.

The database was discovered by a security researcher and traced back to a Mumbai-based social media marketing firm called Chtrbox. This company provides payments to influencers who agree to post sponsored content on their Instagram accounts.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, is investigating the matter and how the data came to be in the database, the company said in a statement. "We’re looking into the issue to understand if the data described – including email and phone numbers – was from Instagram or from other sources," it said. "We're also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available."

In total Instagram has more than a billion active users, so the database contains a small yet significant proportion of the people who use the service around the world.

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