With almost 70 million followers, Selena Gomez is the most followed star on Instagram. It seems like everyone wants to stay posted on what red carpets the celeb is walking on and what personal appearances she's making. But recently, Gomez's followers were able to see more than they ever expected.
As a high-profile celebrity, Selena Gomez was recently a high-profile victim of a high-profile hack. The singer's Instagram account was hacked, and private photos and messages may have been compromised. Is it so bad that we kind of want to see what they are?
We wouldn't be surprised if Gomez is worried about what the hack could reveal. But the person who should be flipping out most is Gomez's ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber. While the hackers haven't revealed any information on Gomez, they've shown us more of Justin Bieber than we ever wanted to see.
It almost goes without saying, Gomez's account was removed following the post. The account was later reinstated. When the account went back online, the nudes of Bieber were gone, just like our innocence.
While we want to say we've never seen the photos of Bieber in the buff before, the photos are actually from 2015. Since they've been out and about, the fact that the photos were posted seems to be a way for the hackers to draw attention to the hack, rather than a result of the hack. Either way... Whyyyy????
According to The Daily Beast, the hackers were able to access personal information of some of Instagram's most high-profile users. The information includes email addresses and phone numbers. It's like a Hollywood Star Map, but way more invasive.
Can someone please un-burn this image from our minds?? All 125 million people who had this come up in their feeds are the real victims here. But if you thought that seeing Justin Bieber frolicking in his birthday suit was the worst of it, think again.
The hackers told the Daily Beast that they have over 6 million accounts in their database. The hacked accounts include politicians, professional athletes and media companies. But some users who are not in the limelight may have had their information compromised. The hackers also have information from more "ordinary" accounts.
The hackers were able to take information from Gomez and other celebrities through a glitch in the system. According to Instagram, the hackers were able to exploit the bug and gain access to a set of code that could have contained the email addresses and phone numbers of targeted accounts. Yikes!
Selena Gomez isn't the only celebrity to have had their account hacked. Instagram recently warned several other A-listers that their Instagram accounts have been the target of hackers. Nobody wants to have their feed full of Baby Bieber!
Instagram did not say which accounts were compromised, but they did say they were very sorry. “Our main concern is for the safety and security of our community,” said Instagram. “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.”