September 21, 2020

Hundreds of Instagram account were stolen by Russian hackers this month

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Russian hackers seem to have launched a cyber attack on Instagram recently, causing some of them to no longer access their accounts. Even some users with dual identity (2FA) authentication found their account compromised. It was learned that the contact information of the affected users’ phone numbers and email addresses were also tampered with, and the profile picture and even the Facebook profile link were also changed.

Now, there are already Instagram users complaining about this on Twitter and Reddit. According to statistics, in the past seven days, 899 users posted more than 5,000 posts on Twitter.

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Also, it seems that it is a nuisance to resume access to phone numbers and email addresses that are no longer owned by you. The automatic recovery of account settings provided by Instagram hinders this process. What is worrying is that 2FA certification has also been cracked, which seems to indicate that hackers can steal any account they want.

It’s unclear how hackers first logged into these accounts, and why Russian hackers are stealing these accounts, perhaps they are preparing for the next social media intervention in politics. However, it is also possible that Russian hackers have not made this cyber attack, but someone wants to blame it.

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Via: VentureBeat