Of course the most high profile celebrity hacking attack in recent years was the famous "Celebgate" iCloud hack in 2014 that resulted in naked photos of hollywood stars such stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Christina Hendricks and Anna Kendrick being posted online. They have even stored all the data of those accounts and put them on sale. The hackers shared a list of 1,000 hacked accounts, which contain the details of the top 50 most-followed profiles on the Instagram. If you've been hacked and someone's posted your contact details on a site that Google can not reach, you're highly unlikely to ever understand the severity of that hack.
The information for at least 10,000 other accounts is being sold for $10 per account through a database called Doxagram.
"The attack just goes to show the growing threat of the dark web".
According to Instagram, the hackers used a bug in the API of the application Instagram for Apple and Android. Sorry for the inconvenience'. The company didn't immediately respond to further questions. (We have millions of fresh records...).
Selena Gomez and The Weeknd getting ice cream in NYC. Splash
"I'm pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day "trip" than you did", she continued.
"At this point we believe this effort was targeted at high-profile users". The instant victim of this hack is, Selena Gomes. And they succeeded with it. It is not clear whether the hackers might use this information in a different way. In an e-mail, a Kaspersky Lab representative said the researchers privately reported a data-leaking bug to Instagram.
However, the number of affected accounts seems to be quite a bit larger than initially claimed: Ars Technica reports that they were contacted by the owner of a website selling access to a searchable database of 6 million breached Instagram accounts.
"Many use Instagram for chatting privately and swapping pics with friends". They will definitely get caught in some time.
The more individuals allow access to their data through social media, like Instagram, the more avenues there are for attackers to try, added Mark James, security specialist at ESET. This is the only way to secure yourself from the hackers as Instagram has no controls over it. The email stated that a bug was discovered in an Instagram API.