Instagram Bug Let Hackers Access Data From 'High-Profile' Instagram Accounts

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Multiple high-profile Instagram accounts belonging to celebrities may have been breached due to a bug related to an Instagram API, reports TechCrunch.

The bug, which has since been fixed, allowed at least one hacker to access the email address and phone number on an unknown number of "high-profile" Instagram users. According to Instagram, the only data accessed was email address and phone number, and no passwords were exposed.

It's not clear how many users were affected, but TechCrunch speculates it's a small number as hackers were only targeting celebrities.

Instagram notified all verified users of the breach in an email, letting them know the bug has been addressed and that company's security team is further investigating the issue. Instagram says verified users should "be extra vigilant" as they may receive calls, texts, or emails.

Instagram recommends all users implement two-factor authentication to as a precaution to prevent unauthorized access to their accounts even though no passwords were stolen.

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38 months ago

I've been working so hard for the past few years to break into the upper middle profile. Lucky for me that I haven't made it to high profile yet.

First sentence: Seriously?
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I've been working so hard for the past few years to break into the upper middle profile. Lucky for me that I haven't made it to high profile yet.
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38 months ago

I've been working so hard for the past few years to break into the upper middle profile. Lucky for me that I haven't made it to high profile yet.

What is this, Black Mirror? You a 4.2 trying to become a 4.7? Not sure if joking but I hate what our society is becoming.
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What is this, Black Mirror? You a 4.2 trying to become a 4.7? Not sure if joking but I hate what our society is becoming.

Gotta keep that ego inflated, you know. We wouldn't want to spoil the party by spending our time working toward a better world for everyone ... nay. Just my take, looking around.
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What is this, Black Mirror? You a 4.2 trying to become a 4.7? Not sure if joking but I hate what our society is becoming.

Great reference. Great episode.
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