The hackers are back to doing what they do best, hacking of course. This time, it is Instagram that has found itself at the receiving end of their efforts though the initial impetus that led them to get into their act has been something that again is Instagram’s own creation.
In other words, it has been a bug at the social site led to a few of its member’s phone number and email info to be revealed irrespective of those being set as private or not. The hackers were quick to pounce on those and have even set up a searchable database of the affected members, all within hours of the lapse coming to light.
Facebook has since stated the Instagram hack has been rectified, but the damage was already done by then. For what has come to light is that the count of those affected by the hack runs well into millions, with one estimate pegging the figure at no less than 6 million.
If that is not all, the list also includes the who’s who from the world of glamour and sports. In fact, it is none other than Selena Gomez who appears to be among the first whose account info got leaked. Other in the list includes such names as Emma Watson, Emilia Clarke, Zac Efron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Channing Tatum, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Adele, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, to name a few.
Names from the sports fraternity include Floyd Mayweather, Zinedine Zidane, Neymar, David Beckham, Ronaldinho. All of the details have been hosted on the site Doxagram and is now open to search for $10 for each account.
If not the hack itself, the sheer number of celebrities present in the list makes it assume a far bigger magnitude than it already is. Instagram though has been quick to point out they already are working with the law enforcement agencies to set things right post their own act of patching the bug on their site.
Instagram has also stated the hackers were not able to decamp with the password or other sensitive data related to their account, which no doubt would have been far more catastrophic. That said, it still should be immensely embarrassing for the celebrities to have their contact details revealed.
Another troubling piece of info is that Instagram themselves aren’t sure which of their account has been impacted. As such, members have been advised to keep a watch on their accounts and report any activity that arouses suspicion.