Widespread Instagram hack locking users out of accounts
Several similarities have been noted among an apparently recent uptick in hacked Instagram accounts.
If you spend a lot of time on Instagram, you may want to make sure your account is locked down with two-factor authentication. Mashable reports that the photo-sharing service has seen a recent uptick in occurrences of hacked accounts since the beginning of August. Interestingly, several users who have been hacked have reported similar changes to their accounts, pointing to a potentially coordinated effort.
According to the report, users share several things in common: they'll abruptly be logged out of their accounts, and their username will no longer exist once they try to log back in. In addition to the changed handle, their profile picture, along with the email and phone number associated with the account, will be changed as well. From Mashable:
Curiously, several users report having their profile pictures set to a Disney or Pixar character. Additionally, the email associated with the hacked accounts is switched to a Russian .ru email address. Personal information on the accounts is typically deleted, and the hacker or hackers don't appear to be using the accounts to make any new posts.
If you're worried about your account being hacked, your best bet is to make sure you're using a secure password and two-factor authentication. However, it's worth noting that two-factor authentication still wasn't able to keep an account safe in at least one case. From Mashable:
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I guess the most secure method is to have the least number of followers or not use the service at all 😶.
I went with the latter! :P
I'm so happy my account was not part of the hacking cause I only use Insta-Rice and Insta-Noodles.
There has to be one common denominator between all the hacked accounts that made them vulnerable, it's just finding it that's the problem
By Jez Corden