Private data belonging to millions of Instagram influencer accounts has been found in an online database.
The database was available online and was open to anyone. According to Techcrunch who broke the story, the database gave viewers access to over 49 million records.
Several high-profile influencers were spotted in the database, including celebrities and popular food bloggers.
At a glance, the information seemed to reveal an account's bio, profile picture, follower count and location, as well as their verification. It also contained personal information tied to that account including phone numbers and email addresses.
The database was discovered by security researcher Anurag Sen, who contacted Techcrunch with their findings. Techcrunch was able to trace activity back to Chtrbox - an Indian influencer marketing firm. Chtrbox appeared to have used this data to calculate the 'worth' of each influencer.
“We’re looking into the issue to understand if the data described – including email and phone numbers – was from Instagram or from other sources,” Instagram parent company Facebook said a statement to Techcrunch.
“We’re also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available."
Chtrbox founder Pranay Swarup has not yet responded to questions regarding the database.