Instagram Account Takeover Hack

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Reports of a new curious hack that takes over Instagram accounts are repeatedly circling.

There are numerous reports of hacks on Reddit, and a Google Trends search shows a spike in searches for “Instagram hacked” on Aug. 8, and again on Aug. 11.

It’s not clear how hackers are gaining access to these accounts, or if it’s the result of a coordinated attack. But Mashable has identified several commonalities among the hacking victims — like a changed handle and profile avatar (often to an animated character from a Disney or Pixar film), deleted bios, and a new .ru email address on the account. In most cases, the Instagram users did not have two-factor authentication enabled at the time of the hack, but it appears even this setting may not be enough to deter hackers. 

Interestingly, the hackers don’t appear to be posting new photos or removing old posts from their victims’ accounts, as is often the case when a social media account is compromised. But they are changing all of the contact information linked to the account, which makes it exceedingly difficult for its owner to regain access.

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We strongly recommend that you activate Two-Factor Authentication on your instagram accounts if you haven’t already done so.

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