Instagram was detected with a bug that revealed user emails, phone numbers

Instagram says the bug was quickly fixed and affected a low percentage of users.

  • Published: September 4, 2017 10:48 AM IST

It’s a tough decision to make; should you choose to be unlike the rest and maintain a distance from social media, or should you just take a bold step and give your all to be the netizen your generation is meant to be? And such decisions are made tougher when instances like the recent Instagram bug come up.

Instagram recently revealed in a blog post that they discovered a bug, which could be used to access some people’s email address and phone numbers, even if they were not public. However, Instagram has clarified that no passwords or other Instagram activity was revealed by this bug. Instagram co-founder and CTO Mike Krieger also ensured that the bug was immediately fixed, and they have been working with law enforcement on the matter.

However, the company has been unable to estimate the number of people who may have been impacted by this bug, so they are assuming the percentage to be low. However, Instagram told Variety, “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.” Instagram did not immediately return BGR India’s request for comment. ALSO READ: Here’s why Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram have all turned into each other’s clones

Further, Instagram also released a cautionary note in the blog saying, “Out of an abundance of caution, we encourage you to be vigilant about the security of your account, and exercise caution if you observe any suspicious activity such as unrecognized incoming calls, texts, or emails. Additionally, we’re encouraging you to report any unusual activity through our reporting tools. You can access those tools by tapping the ‘…’ menu from your profile, selecting ‘Report a Problem’ and then ‘Spam or Abuse.’” ALSO READ: Instagram flooded by fake cosmetic surgery posts that may kill you: Study

The news of the Instagram bug comes days after American actress and singer Selena Gomez’s Instagram was deactivated after it posted nude pictures of Justin Bieber, her ex-boyfriend. She has Instagram’s most-followed account. ALSO READ: Justin Bieber hits 100 million followers on Twitter, gets a dedicated emoji

While the bug has been fixed, it’s a reminder of the importance of maintaining a strong password and turning on two-factor authentication. The extra step sends a code to the account holder’s phone when they’re logging on. Once they enter that code into Instagram, they’ll be able to log into their account. ALSO READ: Instagram Stories is now available on mobile browsers, coming soon to desktop

  • Published Date: September 4, 2017 10:48 AM IST