Instagram Investigating Possible Breach of High-Profile Users' Info

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Earlier in the week Selena Gomez's Instagram account was hacked and posted nude photos of Justin Bieber.

Instagram is notifying its verified account holders that at least one person exploited a bug in its system to access contact information for its high-profile users. 

The Facebook-owned company said in a statement Wednesday that it has already fixed the bug and will run an investigation into the matter. It further said that no account passwords were exposed in the breach, which allowed for email addresses and phone numbers to be accessed. 

Instagram is still investigating the incident and is not disclosing which accounts may have been affected. The photo- and video-sharing app is popular with many actors, musicians and models. Selena Gomez is currently the most-followed on the platform with 125 million followers. Other top-Instagrammers who are verified by the app include Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber.

Earlier this week Gomez's account was hacked and posted nude photos of Bieber, her ex-boyfriend. The account is now back up and running.

"We recently discovered that one or more individuals obtained unlawful access to a number of high-profile Instagram users' contact information — specifically email address and phone number — by exploiting a bug in an Instagram API," reads the statement. "No account passwords were exposed. We fixed the bug swiftly and are running a thorough investigation."

It continues: "Our main concern is for the safety and security of our community. At this point we believe this effort was targeted at high-profile users so, out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying our verified account holders of this issue. As always, we encourage people to be vigilant about the security of their account and exercise caution if they encounter any suspicious activity such as unrecognized incoming calls, texts and emails." 

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