Hacker attacks Instagram and a number of other popular social media websites on Monday to gain access a user’s account details, according to reports from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
The attackers stole personal information, including emails, pictures and videos, the Times and the Journal reported.
Instagram’s general manager of security and privacy, Josh Siegel, told the newspapers that the attackers were “a small group of cybercriminals who were looking to take advantage of a weakness in the Instagram system.”
In an email to employees, the company said the breach had affected a handful of accounts.
The Times and Journal reported that the hackers used an online “bot” to send spam emails to the accounts.
Instagram has not responded to a request for comment.
Instagram, which allows users to share content from other users, has struggled in recent years to deal with growing security concerns, including a major cyberattack on its servers in 2013 that compromised about a quarter of its users.