Unsecured database exposed millions of Instagram influencers

Unsecured database exposed millions of Instagram influencers

The data contains user's Instagram bio, profile picture, location, number of followers, mobile numbers, email IDs, amounts transacted, location of the accounts etc.

The database that was discovered by security analyst Anurag Sen was growing by the hour and at the time of reporting, contact details of some 49 million accounts were visible.

In an effort to find the leaker behind this invaluable data, it was discovered that the database belongs to Chtrbox, a Mumbai-based social media marketing company.

Chtrbox pays social media influencers- popular personalities such as bloggers and celebrities-to post sponsored content on behalf of brands.

Given influencers basically live their life in the limelight, posting inane details of their existence on the seflie/belfie-based social network, one might shrug at the exposure of such data.

Facebook has commented on the report, saying that it is conducting an investigation into the matter. As the news spotted, Chtrbox pulled the database offline.

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"We are investigating whether a third party improperly stored Instagram data, in violation of our policies". There were almost 50 million people affected, and the database contained even their private data, including phone numbers and email addresses. "Regardless, the possibility of third parties mishandling user data is something we take seriously, which is why we're quickly working to understand what happened". This database did not include any sensitive personal data and only contained information available from the public domain, or self reported by influencers...

Whittaker also tweeted on Chtrbox's statement and called it "inaccurate".

"We would also like to affirm that no personal data has been sourced through unethical means by Chtrbox". Sen said the database is no longer visible to the public.

The majority of the accounts were that of influencers, celebrities and brands, according to the report.

On the other hand, the Instagram spokesperson stated that they are figuring out the issue in order to understand whether the data actually is of Instagram accounts or of other sources.

TechCrunch says it reached out to some of the Instagrammers whose data it came across.

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