Instagram Gets Hacked
Application Programming Interface (API) – Bug Exploited
So it appears that Instagram got hacked and users cell phone numbers and email addresses were compromised according to messages Instagram began sending to users today.
“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, no account passwords were exposed. We fixed the bug swiftly and are running a thorough investigation.”
Instagram has yet to disclose just how many users are affected by this hack, according to Instagram they see roughly 700 million users a month and, they notified every verified registered user which might very well mean that, the number of users whose information was compromised is pretty high.
Instagram has not given the exact number of how many verified registered users it actually has. So far those were the accounts that were the target of the hack, however all of you unregistered users should still go for the two-factor authentication in order to secure your accounts.
It also looks as if a lone hacker committed the hack.
Many suspect that the lone hacker was after high profile users of Instagram which translates to users more along the lines of celebrities.
Either way, for users of Instagram this news was not welcomed with open arms.
In a world where everything is online, nothing is 100% safe from hackers, just when you think you’ve gotten one backdoor or bug fixed another one creeps up.
Cristal M Clark