There’s been another data security breach. This time it’s the turn of Instagram.
According to a recent post by BullGuard, a vast database containing the contact information of millions of Instagram influencers’ accounts has been found online.
They reported that:
- The database, hosted by Amazon Web Services, was left exposed and without a password allowing anyone to look inside. At least 49 million records were allegedly vulnerable
- Each data record contained public data from influencer Instagram accounts, bio details, profile picture, number of followers and the influencers’ city and country location
- The data also contained personal contact information, such as the Instagram account owner’s email address and phone number
Once discovered the data breach was discovered, a security researcher traced it back to Mumbai-based social media marketing firm Chtrbox, which pays influencers to post sponsored content on their accounts.
On top of the information above, the records also showed data that calculated the worth of each account, based on the number of followers, engagement, reach, likes and shares they had.
Once the discovery was made Chtrbox pulled the database offline. Instagram also investigated and said it found that no private emails or phone numbers of Instagram users were accessed.
This is yet another worrying case where a database containing important information was left unprotected on the internet.
Sadly, it’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last. That’s why you must be vigilant at all times with how you share your personal data.