6 million Instagram accounts have been violated, in the biggest attack ever on social media. Hit the VIPs, but not only: information for sale online
6 million Instagram accounts have been violated, in the biggest ever social photo attack. Hackers have focused above all on verified Instagram accounts and VIPs using an Instagram bug. Now they have sold the information they were able to retrieve as the stars' phone numbers.
Selena Gomez's Instagram account was targeted
The hackers lost, almost symbolically, the Instagram account of Selena Gomez who, with her 126 million followers, was the most followed character on Instagram. Once they entered the star's phone and took control of her Instagram account, the hackers had hackers started posting nude photos of his ex-boyfriend, singer Justin Bieber. Selena Gomez's account was removed for some time and then returned online, with no more photos
10,000 Vip hacked
The hackers, who in this action resembles the old school, have sent to the Daily Beast a list of 10,000 celebrity names and well-known people whose Instagram profiles they have pierced. millions of accounts and now hackers sell all this information on the web. A kind of black market for 10 dollars for each request.
Instagram admitted the security problem
In an open letter Instagram admitted the security problems that allowed hackers to steal all this information, in other words the Bug allows hackers to get the email and the n. of Istagram users' phone We deeply maintain the safety and security of the Instagram community, so we want to let you know that we recently discovered a bug on Instagram that could be used to access the e-mail address and phone number of some users even if non-public. No Instagram password or other Instagram activities have been revealed.
Telephone numbers and emails for sale
The striking thing about this attack is that the data such as email and phone number, not only those of the VIPs but of all the common people have been put up for sale on the Doxagram site, which at the moment is not working. The fact remains that the hackers have the direct contacts of 6 million people and even at this time the supermarket of information at 10 dollars has been closed, certain that the criminal organization wants to monetize all this amount of sensitive data, indeed they may already have sold the entire database to other bad guys
Instagram bug now fixed
Instagram has made it known that it has solved in Bug that gave birth to this gigantic hacking of Instagram accounts, but social security problems are a very important topic. Everyone has social accounts and sensitive information from VIPs, politicians and all people should remain private. The fact that they can be violated and sold puts safety, responsibility and prudence at the center of the discussion.