Instagram was in the news for yet another data breach as TechCrunch reported the social platform to have left open personal information of 49 million influencers and celebrities. As per the reports, the breach took place from the database of a marketing company based in Mumbai. Instagram is currently the second most engaged social media network after Facebook with 60% of its over 1 billion users logging in on a daily basis.
This has come as a big setback for Instagram, who are becoming the most trusted social media platform for celebrities around the world to communicate with their fans and followers. As reported by TechCrunch, emails, bios, locations, contact numbers and every other personal information of over 49 million celebrities and influencers were leaked online. The database for all the leaked details was hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) without a password, which left the entire database open to public access. The database was exposed by a security researcher who traced it back to a company named Chtrbox. Chtrbox accepted the fact and stated only limited information that was made available publicly by influencers were left open for three days. It denied the claims of leaking any personal information. Facebook has begun investigation to check whether the information came from Instagram or any other sources. It is reportedly in talks with Chtrbox too. The database was taken down immediately from AWS after it was unveiled by TechCrunch.
On a similar tone, Snapchat employees too were reported to have spied on users using an internal tool. It was reported that previous employees at Snapchat abused their access to an internal tool called ‘SnapLion’ that had information of users stored in response to valid law enforcement requests. Snapchat registered revenue of USD 320 million, with addition of four million new users in the first quarter of FY2019.