Two million TikTok and Instagram user data exposed

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A mis-configuration on an AWS cloud server has reportedly to the exposure of user data related to TikTok and Instagram customers. Security experts say that such servers that are left unprotected could act as access points to hackers who can then siphon data and then indulge in robo-calling frauds, phishing & extortion tactics via social engineering attacks.

Going deep into the details, the data belonged to a marketing firm IGBlade that used to provide insights into the activity of social media users to its premium customers. And the information includes email address, profile names, phone numbers and location details of some of the renowned celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Loren Grey, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Coco Austin, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez,

Cybersecurity Insiders have learnt that the IGBlade’s IT staff left around 3.6 GB data with no password protection that resulted in exposure of around 2.6 million Instagram and TikTok users.

Since the data was left exposed for days in June this year, any cyber crook could have easily scrapped the data and stored it for their own use later.

Anurag Sen, who leads Safety Detectives, a company that offers performance oriented reviews on the best prevailing antivirus in the computer market, was the first to detect and then reveal the above stated data exposure to the media.

NOTE- IGBlade is an analytic firm that keeps a track of follower growth of individuals and companies on social media and offers a precision based review of their engagement rates and fake followers.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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