Russian Hacker Locked Instagram Accounts

A widespread hacking campaign which stems from Russia locked hundreds of Instagram accounts. The hacker starts replacing users email addresses with their own email addresses having .ru domains.

Victims are reporting about changes in their accounts names, profile pictures and passwords on Twitter and Reddit. In the attack, users’ profile pictures have been replaced with movies character pictures, including Despicable Me 3 and Pirated of the Caribbean.

The hacker or hacking group behind this widespread attack of Instagram accounts is still unknown but the hackers are pretending to be from Russia by using .ru domain’s email addresses.

Instagram accounts hacked

According to Mashable, the attack can easily bypass the two-factor authentication service of Instagram. A user told Mashable that his account has been hacked even he used 2FA and it did nothing to protect his account from attack.

Instagram published a blog post in which they said that the company is still searching for who is behind this attack and their dedicated teams helping people to secure their accounts.

“We are aware that some people are having difficulty accessing their Instagram accounts,” Instagram says, pointing users to its guidance on hacked accounts to help keep their account secure.

The company strongly recommends every single user to use a strong password of required length and enable 2FA for creating an additional security layer in the account.

It is claimed that Instagram users will be notified through email if any changes happened in their accounts and say they are working on two-step authentication to improve its settings.
However, the attacking method used by hackers are still unaddressed. For more information about this widespread attack visit the Instagram Help Centre.

Stay tuned to us for more updates about cyber attacks.

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