Millions of Instagram Influencers Reportedly Had Private Data Exposed Online
The records apparently had no password protection
The database contained information such as phone numbers and email addresses for around 49 million Instagram influencers, celebrities and brand accounts, according to a TechCrunch report on Monday, May 20. It also listed public data such as profile pictures and user locations.
After receiving an alert from cybersecurity researcher Anurag Sen, TechCrunch examined the records and traced the database to Chtrbox, a social media marketing company based in Mumbai, India. Chtrbox pays influencers to place sponsored content on their Instagram accounts. In addition, each Instagram account in the database reportedly showed an estimated worth, calculated by analyzing information such as the number of followers, as well as the number of likes and shares associated with different posts. This helped Chtrbox to arrive at a figure for paying an influencer.
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