A bug in Instagram that allowed criminals to steal the private information of celebrities has come to light just days after hackers took over the account of Selena Gomez to post nude pictures of Justin Bieber.
Instagram admitted that the bug within its application programming interface (API) allowed at least one person to gain access to the private email addresses and phone numbers of high-profile users.
An Instagram spokesperson said: “We recently discovered that one or more individuals obtained unlawful access to a number of high-profile Instagram users’ contact information – specifically email address and phone number – by exploiting a bug in an Instagram API.
“No account passwords were exposed. We fixed the bug swiftly and are running a thorough investigation.
Instagram said that it was contacting all its “verified” account holders, which are mainly celebrities and sportspeople.
The exposure of the private details of celebrities comes just days after the the most popular person on the service, Gomez, who has 125 million followers, had her account compromised on Monday. Hackers posted several nude photos of her ex-boyfriend Bieber, leading to the account being suspended by Instagram.
The Justin Beiber Instagram Hack:
A post from Selena’s official IG account went up Monday showing 3 paparazzi pics of Bieber flashing his penis … with a caption that read “LOOK AT THIS N***A LIL SHRIMPY.”
The alleged hackers included their IG handles and claimed they “run da scene.”
The accounts appear to belong to 3 random Internet trolls who only have a handful of posts, and thousands of followers between them.
Selena quickly deactivated her account after the hack.