It’s been reported today that millions of Instagram influencer accounts have been breached.

TechCrunch announced that personal information such as email addresses and phone numbers were found on a database located on Amazon servers.

It’s not entirely clear how the unprotected database ended up on Amazon servers however it’s alleged that it came from influencer marketing company Chtrbox. The database has now been removed and Facebook, who own Instagram, have started their enquiries.

“We’re looking into the issue to understand if the data described – including email and phone numbers – was from Instagram or from other sources,” “We’re also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available,” . said an updated Facebook statement.

This hasn’t been the first time Facebook and Instagram have been in hot water over data breaches. In September 2018 50 million Facebook accounts were affected after hackers exposed a security flaw.

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