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Instagram hack apparently spreading

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

14 August 2018

If reports are to be believed, a large number of Instagram users have been experiencing a particular hack since the start of August—and it seems to be spreading.

Mashable reports that hundreds of Instagram users appear to have fallen prey to the same attack, with the number of affected users growing.

The hack seems to log users out of their account, and then when they attempt to log back in, they find that their account details have been changed.

Often, users’ avatars are changed to Disney or Pixar characters, their bios deleted, and when they attempt to reset their passwords they find that their account has been removed from their email address and instead is pointed towards an address on a Russian domain.

Most of the users affected appear to not have have two-factor authentication enabled; while one user did, he said it was disabled and his account still hacked.

According to Mashable:

On Twitter, there have been more than 100 of these types of anecdotal reports in the last 24 hours alone. According to data from analytics platform Talkwalker, there have been more than 5,000 tweets from 899 accounts mentioning Instagram hacks just in the last seven days. Many of these users have been desperately tweeting at Instagram’s Twitter account for help.

As yet, Instagram has made no comment. However, if the number of affected users continues to rise, it seems they will have to take action. Stay tuned.

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