Six million Instagram accounts have been exposed online after hackers created a dark web database of personal information, revealing private phone numbers and email addresses.
The scale of the hack on the photo-sharing site emerged after the Instagram account of singer Selena Gomez was compromised last week. UK security researchers discovered hundreds of contact details on the dark web of celebrities including Emma Watson, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles.
The hackers, claiming to be Russian and calling themselves “Doxagram”, advertised the account details on online forums with links to the dark web, claiming “it is only $10 (price of 2 cups of coffee) for celebrity contact info”.
One website linked to the hack has since been taken down, with Facebook, which owns Instagram, purchasing domain names used by the hackers to take them offline.
An official Instagram account for the President of the United States of America, run by the White House social media team, was also reported to be among the exposed details.