Instagram Suffers a Potentially Huge Breach as Hackers Target Celebrity Accounts

Instagram has warned its high-profile users that hackers may use a buggy API to access their accounts. As there is no confirmation from the crew, buggy API might be responsible for the recent hack of Selena Gomez’s Instagram account.

Yes, Hackers used a buggy Instagram API to access high-profile accounts

The Facebook owned picture sharing site said in a warning letter to verified accounts that hacker(s) were attacking high-profile users, getting access to their email and phone contact information. Especially thanking the buggy API. Instagram wrote in the warning email.

“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,”

However, the security team assured that no passwords were accessed during this exploit and added that the targets were only towards high-profile users.

At this point we believe this effort was targeted at high-profile users. We encourage you to be extra vigilant about the security of your account and exercise caution if you encounter any suspicious activity such as unrecognized incoming calls, texts and emails.

Instagram has already fixed the bug and is currently investigating the incident. “We fixed the bug swiftly and are running a thorough investigation,” team said. “Our main concern is for the safety of our community and, out of an abundance of caution, we are reaching out to all verified accounts.”

Earlier this week, hackers broke into Gomez’s verified Instagram profile. The superstar reportedly has the most-followed account on the site with 125M+ followers. After taking control of her account, hackers shared several private pictures of her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber. The account was quickly closed by her team before taking back its control. Instagram hasn’t yet confirmed if this “buggy API” is responsible for this particular hack.

The company has apologized to its users for the inconvenience caused.

“Your experience on Instagram is important to us, and we are sorry this happened.”

– We have reached out to Instagram for a confirmation and will update this space as we receive any official comment.

Sources/References: Wccftech

- Advertisement -
b4c58c5edf797ff99fcca559f7ac9651?s=96&r=g - Instagram Suffers a Potentially Huge Breach as Hackers Target Celebrity Accounts
Muhammad Irfan Raza
Irfan Raza is Editor at TechWafer covering Everything about Apple including Mac, iPhones, iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook, and How-tos.

Recent Articles

Brown Dust Tier List Global Guide 2020 All Tips & Tricks

If you are a brown dust fan, then you probably know about the brown dust tier list. Moreover, you might have been looking for...

Realme C12 appears on GeekBench with a Helio P35 and 3GB of RAM

We heard about new variant in Realme C lineup and its expected to be named as C12. The RMX2189, as its official...

How to Find Time Wasted On Destiny and Destiny 2

Are you worried about tracking the amount of time wasted on destiny? Do you want to know about the time you spent playing Destiny?...

Azur Lane Tier List Explained in Detail August 2020

Azure Lane is one of the famous mobile game that offers awful gaming experiences to its fan following. The game seems to be a...

OnePlus Users Can Play PUBG Mobile at 90 FPS

OnePlus has partnered with PUBG Mobile and they bring 90fps gameplay on select OnePlus phones as collaboration. 90fps support will remain exclusive...



Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here