Instagram on Monday was trying to figure out how private contact information for millions of influential users of the service was amassed in an unguarded online database.
The online cache of data discovered by a security researcher was first written about by news site TechCrunch, which reported that it was traced back to Mumbai-based social media marketing firm Chtrbox.
Issue - Data - Described—including - Email - Phone
"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 said in an email reply to an AFP inquiry.
"We're also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly...