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03 September 2017, 07:23 | Deanna Wagner

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Instagram hack goes deeper than Selena Gomez

Social media site Instagram says it has fixed a security bug that allowed hackers to access the contact information of its users.

Three naked photos of her ex-boyfriend, Canadian popstar Justin Bieber, were posted to her 125 million followers before her profile was shut down. The hackers launched a website with a searchable database to sell the email addresses and phone numbers of six million users that were scraped before the glitch was fixed for just $10 per enquiry via Bitcoin, Ars Technica reports.

Verge reported that Instagram is working with law enforcement to push back on the sale of information. The hackers were able to take advantage of the bug and they used this opportunity to gain access to personal information from several high-profile accounts.

Instagram admitted the security bug in a letter today, though it downplayed how many users had been affected.

Until now, it had been believed that only "high-profile" verified accounts like Selena's had been affected, but it turns out that the breach extended even further. "After additional analysis, we have determined that this issue potentially impacted some non-verified accounts as well", Instagram co-founder and chief technical officer Mike Krieger said in a blog post. The hacker provided a list of 1,000 accounts they said were available for searching on Doxagram to the Daily Beast, and the list included most of the 50 most-followed accounts on the service.

Instagram is now working with law enforcement, and it encourages users to "be vigilant" about possible suspicious calls, texts or emails. Additionally, we're encouraging you to report any unusual activity through our reporting tools.

However, Doxagram, the site selling the information via the hackers, appears to be down. Krieger wrote, "Protecting the community has been important at Instagram from day one, and we're constantly working to make Instagram a safer place".

The Instagram hack includes phone numbers of these following huge movie stars: Zac Efron, Emilia Clarke, Emma Watson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Channing Tatum.

Last July, some Instagram users were not happy as a bug reportedly deleted and disabled their accounts without permission.

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