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Hackers Target High-Status Accounts on Instagram


Facebook's Instagram, the photo sharing utility, strong with 700m account-holders, informed some of them on August 30 that hackers managed stealing e-mails and phone numbers related to some high-profile A/Cs. Hackers targeted Instagram's API which is the software through which other applications as well as websites establish connection with it.


Fortunately, according to the company, they set right the bug in just hours of getting spotted. The company believed there was possibly more than one hacker who had aimed at high-status celebrities for obtaining their contact details. According to Instagram, the hackers didn't steal passwords, however, cautioned account owners towards maintaining vigilance for dubious operations in their accounts. The company didn't name the affected accounts. Notably, the security violation occurred because of a flaw inside Instagram's own software. Bbc.com posted this, August 30, 2017.


Instagram stated that the security flaw inside the API (application programming interface) it maintained that enabled programmers towards developing software was fast fixed; however, had been cautioning users having verified accounts. Instagram, under Facebook's ownership, is cautioning account owners for remaining wary about unfamiliar e-mails, texts and phone calls.


Whereas the firm has still not revealed any names, it's only in days of hack into Selena Gomez's A/C that the latest high-profile accounts' hacking news has arrived. The Selena Gomez hack had followed with Justin Bieber her former boyfriend's nude photos getting shared with the singer's 125m followers.


Instagram stated the problem was with its API, which was flawed; however, stated in addition it had since rectified the flaw. Instagram enjoys over 500m account-holders globally, approximately 300m out of the total visiting the service once daily.


Possibly somebody had sent the account owners spoofed e-mails/texts for filching login details and other credentials of their accounts. Another possibility was that the hacker stole somebody's phone after compromising his SIM card followed with acquiring admission into other private A/Cs connected with that user's phone-number.


It's always desirable for everyone whether an ordinary or celebrity user for practicing sound security hygiene such as setting difficult-to-crack passwords, distinct pass phrases for each accounts, dual-factor validation, as well as password managers for aiding in monitoring one's logins.

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