Cache of 49 million Instagram records found online

    Date22 May 2019
    CategoryPrivacy
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    Posted ByBrittany Day

    A security researcher has discovered a massive cache of data for millions of Instagram accounts, publicly accessible for everyone to see. The account included sensitive information that would be useful to cyberstalkers, among others.

    A security researcher calling themselves anurag sen on Twitter discovered the database hosted on Amazon Web Services. It had over 49 million records when discovered and was still growing before it was deleted.

    The Instagram data included user bios, profile pictures, follower numbers and location. This information is viewable online. What’s more puzzling is that it also contained the email address and telephone number used to set up the accounts, according to Techcrunch, which broke the story.

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