A huge amount of data has appeared online containing the contact information of more than 49 million influential people and Instagram celebrities. According to TechCrunch, the database existed on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and was not encrypted or password protected, making the details visible to anyone.
The database that security analyst Anurag Sen discovered was increasing every hour. At the time of reporting, the contact details of about 49 million accounts were visible. In addition to the contact number, emails, biography, profile photo, whether an account has been verified or not, number of subscribers and location including city and country have been revealed.
In an effort to find the leaker behind this invaluable data, it was discovered that the database belongs to Chtrbox, a Mumbai-based social media marketing company. The company pays celebrities and influencers to share sponsored posts.
The base contained a huge number of food bloggers, celebrity and influential persons on Instagram. When TechCrunch contacted celebrities who were part of the database leak, they denied any connection to Chtrbox.
Facebook, the company that owns Instagram, has issued an official statement about the matter:
‘We ‘re dealing with this issue to see if data – including emails and phone numbers – has been stolen from Instagram or other sources. We also requested information from Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available. “
At the moment, the Chtrbox base has gone offline, but it is still unclear how the company managed to seize the retention of celebrity private contact information.