Instagram says high-profile users targeted in cyber attack

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd step out for a low-key ice cream date on Friday.		Splash

Instagram is used by many high profile celebrities including the likes of Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The singer and actress, 25, is among a host of A-listers warned by the social media network that their accounts have been targeted. A search of several dozen user names, for instance, showed they all corresponded to real Instagram users, and those user profiles were consistent with the phone numbers associated with them.

The company says it has alerted the affected accounts while it continues to direct all users towards its security tips webpage where it encourages two-factor authentication and other security measures.

Instagram services more than 700 million accounts; six million is not a small number, especially if it contains the phone numbers and emails of the most popular Instagrammers.

A bug in Instagram's software let cyber-attackers have access to celebrities personal information, including email addresses and phone numbers. "Instagram clearly hasn't yet understood the full impact of this bug", one of the people behind the site, dubbed 'Doxagram, ' told The Daily Beast... The team from Instagram also added that, no passwords were compromised and the company has already dealt with the situation swiftly and that they are already running a thorough investigation.

Though Instagram confirmed that no passwords were stolen, it is advised to change any associated email address or phone number linked to the Instagram account.

As per the photo sharing social media platform, it has since fixed the bug issue and that the company is now working with law enforcement.

Instagram now has over 700 million accounts and while the 6 million allegedly stolen is a small percentage of that amount, it is still a huge number.

Instagram, the Snapchat (OTC:SNAP) knock-off owned by Facebook (NYSE:FB), tried to reassure users after a hack of Selena Gomez's Instagram account resulted in access to nude photos of her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber. A hacker supposedly accessed United States model Blac Chyna's Instagram account and published private messages showing she had left Rob Kardashian. Krieger wrote, "Protecting the community has been important at Instagram from day one, and we're constantly working to make Instagram a safer place".

The only thing that Mike Krieger, Instagram's co-founder and Chief Technical Officer could say regarding this major security breach is that he is very sorry about what happened.

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