May 21, 2019

Instagram: Facebook probes breach of millions of influencer accounts

Photo sharing site Instagram says it is trying to find out how contact details of almost 50 million of its users was stored online in an unguarded database. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, told the BBC it was trying to find out where the data had come from. "We're looking into the issue to understand if the data described - including email and phone numbers - was from Instagram or from other sources. We're also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available," it said in a statement. The TechCrunch report said the data also included information such as the location of users. Gathering - or scraping - information from Instagram accounts violates the policies of the social media site.

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