Instagram influencers' account information exposed, report says

CNET | 5/20/2019 | Laura Hautala
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Account data for 49 million Instagram users has been exposed online.

Instagram influencers make their lives public. Now, an exposed database appears to have added to the information available about them.

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Account data for 49 million Instagram users, including influencers and brand accounts, was exposed online, according to a report by TechCrunch. The records included public data that seemed to be scraped from Instagram users' profiles, as well as private data like phone numbers and email addresses.

According to the report, the database belonged to Chtrbox, an Indian marketing company that links influencers to brands that want to advertise their wares. Chtrbox didn't respond to a request for comment.

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"We're looking into the issue to understand if the data described - including email and phone numbers - was from Instagram or from other sources," an Instagram spokeswoman said in a statement. "We're also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available."

Instagram prohibits scraping accounts in its terms of service.

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