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Instagram Hack – Contact details breached

siliconreview Instagram Hack – Contact details breached

Social networking platforms are now more of a practice arena for hackers. Security of user credentials is in risk again. One of the social media giant, Instagram witnessed a hack last week. Instagram confirmed that the bug may have allowed the hackers to steal email address and other contact details of the users.

Mike Krieger, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Instagram stated that the passwords of the accounts are still safe and has not been accessed by the hackers. According to the company this could have been the same bug responsible for the hack of the actress Selena Gomez’s account.

Number of accounts got hacked has not been confirmed by the company. However, the hackers said that they have data of almost six million Instagram accounts.

The Facebook-owned media sharing platform had first said that only verified accounts are affected. However, later it confirmed that non-verified accounts had been affected too.

This was not all, just few hours after the hack; the hackers established a database named Doxagram which allows users to search victims’ contact details, and it is $10 per search.

Instagram has not revealed the number of accounts hacked. Mike Krieger said in a post “We quickly fixed the bug, and have been working with law enforcement on the matter. Although we cannot determine which specific accounts have been impacted, we believe it was a low percentage of Instagram accounts.”

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