The huge online database revealed MILLION Instagram influencers their personal information
- A researcher found personal data from millions of influencers online in a database
- The information was publicly available and deleted from social media accounts
- Social media marketing company, it seems Chtrbox behind the database
- Facebook, owner of Instagram, said it is currently reviewing the case
A security researcher has discovered a huge online database that exposes the personal contact details of nearly 50 million influencers and brands.
According to a TechCrunch report, researcher Anurag Sen discovered that the database contained the personal contact information of & # 39; prominent food bloggers, celebrities, and other influencers of social media & # 39 ;.
Sen warned the site about the existence of the list in an attempt to find its maker and secure it, TechCrunch commented.
Millions of Instagram influencers and personal information from celebrities were found in an online and publicly available database.
TechCrunch reports that the information in the database appears to have been deleted from publicly available social media accounts and has been traced to a social media marketing firm Chtrbox in Mumbai, India.
Chtrbox, which pays influencers to place sponsored content on their pages, also contained information about what a message would cost to each person in the database, including their number of followers, likes and reach.
In some cases, the influencers said in the database that they had never had any involvement with Chtrbox.
The company has since taken the database offline and has not responded to a request for comment, including the questions sent by Mail Online.
As noted by TechCrunch, the existence of the list reflects a data breach that dates back two years ago when Instagram recognized an error in its API that allowed hackers to obtain the personal information – including email addresses and phone numbers – of 6 million users .
That data also contains personal information from a series of famous celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift.
Hackers later sold that information to users of the dark web and asked $ 10 per search query in the database.
Facebook said it was investigating the problem, but Chtrbox does not yet have to respond publicly to the database.
Celebrities, influencers and other social media personalities in the public eye have proven to be particularly vulnerable to & # 39; doxxing & # 39; – when hackers find and publish private information – as well as other attacks on personal information, including an infamous iCloud hack in 2014.
The attack on celebrity iCloud revealed intimate personal photos of 240 celebrities and eventually led to the arrest of four hackers. In 2018, the last of the four hackers involved in the attack was sentenced by a judge to 18 months in prison.
Facebook, owner of Instagram, told TechCrunch that it is reviewing the case.
& # 39; We are investigating the issue to understand whether the information described – including email and telephone numbers – is from Instagram or other sources, & # 39; Facebook told TechCrunch in a statement.
& # 39; We also ask with Chtrbox to understand where this data comes from and how it is publicly available. & # 39;
HOW CAN YOU DOWNLOAD YOUR DATA FROM INSTAGRAM?
Instagram launched an & # 39; Data Download & # 39; tool in April. This allows Instagram users to download a copy of all content that they have uploaded on the platform.
That includes data such as photos, videos, stories, profile information, comments, and messages.
To access the Data Download function, open the Instagram website in your desktop browser.
From there, navigate to your profile, then click on the gear icon and select & # 39; Privacy and security & # 39 ;.
Scroll through the Privacy and Security page until you reach the & # 39; Data Download & # 39; comes and click on & # 39; Ask Download & # 39;
Until now, Instagram was missing on a data portability tool and users don't have the option to save their photos after they've already been posted in the app
On Instagram you will be asked to enter an e-mail address to gain access to all your data.
The company noted that it can take up to 48 hours for it to send a download link.
Up to now, Instagram has been missing on a data portability tool and users don't have the option to save their photos after they have already been posted in the app.
That is despite the fact that Facebook introduced a similar function in 2010, the tool Download Your Information.
Importantly, the tool allows users to manage the data that they have uploaded to the platform, but not necessarily all the data that Instagram has collected on them.
Until now, users have been forced to use potentially unsafe or emerging third-party apps to download their data from Instagram, via apps such as Instaport.