MILLIONS OF INSTAGRAM INFLUENCERS HAD THEIR PRIVATE CONTACT DATA SCRAPED AND EXPOSED | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


MILLIONS OF INSTAGRAM INFLUENCERS HAD THEIR PRIVATE CONTACT DATA SCRAPED AND EXPOSED

SOURCE: TECHCRUNCH.COM
A massive database containing contact information of millions of Instagram influencers, celebrities and brand accounts has been found online.

The database, hosted by Amazon Web Services, was left exposed and without a password allowing anyone to look inside. At the time of writing, the database had over 49 million records — but was growing by the hour.

From a brief review of the data, each record contained public data scraped from influencer Instagram accounts, including their bio, profile picture, the number of followers they have, if they’re verified and their location by city and country, but also contained their private contact information, such as the Instagram account owner’s email address and phone number.

Security researcher Anurag Sen discovered the database and alerted TechCrunch in an effort to find the owner and get the database secured. We traced the database back to Mumbai-based social media marketing firm Chtrbox, which pays influencers to post sponsored content on their accounts. Each record in the database contained a record that calculated the worth of each account, based off the number of followers, engagement, reach, likes and shares they had. This was used as a metric to determine how much the company could pay an Instagram celebrity or influencer to post an ad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amazon: OUCH, come on, you (should be) better than that!!

And BTW, those "product liability" lawsuits will be coming, and not in the far future either. When this was a nascent technology, just in its "incubator phase of development.", one might understand the value of this.

But not, thank you very much, in 2019.

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