15 September 2020
Instagram has officially announced that it has nothing to do with the leak comprising of data related to millions of influencers. The leak was reported earlier this week which was spotted by a security researcher in an unprotected Amazon Web Services database. It was later found to be owned by a Mumbai-based social media marketing firm Chtrbox.
The leaked data was discovered to be of numerous social media influencers with accounts on Instagram. It included many of the high-profile influencers from various domains like food blogging, fashion, technology, and fitness. The leak was first reported by TechCrunch and interestingly when they contacted a few of them, they denied working with Chtrbox which gives birth to more questions that how the firm got access to their details.
In an official statement, an Instagram spokesperson said,
"We take any allegation of data misuse seriously. Following an initial investigation into the claims made in this story, we found that no private emails or phone numbers of Instagram users were accessed."
It has been said that the collected data about phone numbers and email addresses is the one which influencers make public while creating a Business account. It is shared by business account holders to make it possible for potential customers to reach out to them. This is something which the owners are reminded while creating the account and are allowed to edit or remove anytime they want.
As far as Chtrbox's stand is concerned, the company has denied indulging in any unethical practices to collect data. It specifically said that they have never purchased any data from any of the data breaches. It said that the database got exposed for about 72 hours by accident but it did not include any sensitive information. It further added that as soon as they became aware of the situation, they too necessary security measures.