Massive leak exposed personal data belonging to 49 million Instagram users

Massive leak exposed personal data belonging to 49 million Instagram users
According to TechCrunch, an Instagram database containing the private information of 49 million members, was accidentally left exposed on Amazon Web Services. The database could have been viewed by anyone since it did not have a password for protection. The accounts in the database included those belonging to Instagram influencers, celebrities, and corporate brand accounts and contained their biographies, profile pictures, number of followers, location (city and country), phone numbers and email addresses.

The leak was discovered by security researcher Anurag Sen, who then contacted TechCrunch to help find the owner of the database. As it turns out, the information belonged to a social-media firm in India called Chtrbox that pays influencers to put up sponsored content on their Instagram accounts. The data included a ranking of each influencer depending on the number of followers they each have and the response to their posts by other Instagram members. While Chtrbox hasn't commented yet on the matter, the database has since been taken offline.

Facebook bought Instagram in April 2012 for approximately $1 billion and said that it will investigate the incident.

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10 Comments

1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Not surprised at all leaks seem to be a thing with Facebook and it's products.

2. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Good thing I'm just regular...

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Same haha.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 587; Member since: May 02, 2016

My leaked data is just a waste I feel sorry for anyone likes to collect them

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6791; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'd like to feel sorry for all those instagram users...but I'm not lol. Hopefully no one was impacted badly because of this, but that's what you get when putting all your stuff online - especially to a site that is owned by fb.

8. oldskool50

Posts: 1574; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

That's really a wrong side to take. I think anyone who posts photos online, aren't that concerned about them. After all, if you don't make your account private on those sites, anyone can see you pictures and whatever else you post. Thisdataleakgive access to the backend data, that you don't nornally see from someones main page unless they make it public to you or don't change the settings to private. Its these companies jobs to protect that back end. This is equal to your personal credit data. Would you want it to be easy for people to get your personal info just because they may have your credit card number? You name. SS#, birth-date, credit score and other important data on the back-end is suppose to be protected. Just because you may or may not be a person who uses social media, it is wrong to blame the user who expect that their data and privacy is suppose to be protected, regardless if I placed the data there. Maybe you would be OK, if your State or Country left a database unprotected where someone could use your license plate number and know where you live, your family members names and address, and any other personal data about you. if that was to happen, I guess it would be our fault because we bought a car and have a license plate number. that exactly what you basically just did and its stupid and wrong. I don't consider photos personal information when you post it to a place where people can openly view it. as the article state, this was the back-end info where email address, phone numbers and how this company tracks certain data was left unlocked. This has zero with the fact you use FB or Instagram. Come one dude, you gotta be better than this. This could happen to you on any site or company that uses or has access to your personal information. You sound just like Apple blaming people for things that weren't even their false. That is completely stupid and ignorant and so childish.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6791; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Wow...touched a nerve did I? And by the way I've had my bank account/identity stolen twice now so I use cash whenever possible.

10. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Is that you techie? I think you should be one of the writer here. You really love apple to put its name on every comments. Maybe you’re using iphone 5 that makes you so bad coz it still working pretty well and you can’t squeeze an extra cash to buy flagships.

5. RoryBreaker

Posts: 219; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Facebook, the evil empire fails again!

7. oldskool50

Posts: 1574; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Social media had become the disease of society. It's been taken so far out of context, for when MySpace started. Corporations just don't seem to care bout security. In fact, in this case I am betting whoever left this did it on purpose. I mean, how do you just 'find' something like this? Seem deliberate and someone should get fired. Corps like the gov't just can't be trust with your personal data.

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