Several users of Instagram have found their accounts blocked and claim that they have been unable to re-establish access. According to the victims, when hackers take over the account, they are changing their username, profile picture, email and mobile number, making it impossible to regain access.

Instagram has already published a statement on the subject that you can read HERE

So far there is no valid data on how exactly criminals are gaining access to people’s Instagram profiles, but the most common method for such attacks is through phishing. Just this year, Kaspersky Lab products have been preventing about 68. 000 Attempts to visit websites of phishing using the Instagram tag. Interestingly, in late July, about two weeks before this wave of hacking, we witnessed a spike in the vector of this attack: on the day 31 In July, the number of phishing attacks went up about 150 per day to almost 600.

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On many occasions, Instagram users themselves are the great vulnerability that hackers are looking for: they give their credentials by visiting phishing websites, to applications that are not certified, and to true page replicas.

“Because of its popularity, Instagram has always attracted a great deal of fraud – the number Most people using the platform are now over one billion. Once a criminal has access to a user’s account, he can access personal data and his inbox. And the user profile can be turned into a malicious content source, phishing and spam, ”says Nadezhda Demidova, security researcher for Kaspersky Lab.

In order to be safe, users are advised to take the following steps:

  • Do not click on suspicious links
  • Verify the address of the page where you plan to enter personal information
  • Only use the official social networking app installed through from a secure source
  • Do not share login information with apps third parties
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