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Famous Instagram accounts are being targeted by scams promising electronics sweepstakes or the spread of alleged celebrity sex videos. The phishing strategy is to post false promo ads in the feed or change the hacked profile biography to include a malicious link that steals personal data from the victims. Last Monday (16), a hacker broke into the accounts of Mexican actress Yanet Garca and singer Nicole Scherzinger and used deepfake to generate fake nude photos of the famous. So, he published the content on Instagram to bring more truth to the scam that promises to disseminate the artists' intimate videos.

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Already here in Brazil, the account of actress and model Marina Ruy Barbosa was hacked in July by a fraudulent iPhone donation. Likewise, actor Robert Downey Jr. was also targeted by the mobile phone lottery scam.

Famous profiles are hacked to steal data from your Instagram followers Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudoFamous profiles are hacked to steal data from your Instagram followers Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo

Famous profiles are hacked to steal data from your Instagram followers Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo

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In this latest scam, the hacker breaks into the famous account and publishes ads for the fake 2,000-unit iPhone XS draw. The post invites followers to check out the profile bio link to join the promotion. The address entered in the biography by the hacker redirects the victim to the web page called "Dude Mobile". The site displays a form that must be fully completed to allow access to false benefits. Data captured by criminals is marketed on the Deep Web.

Famous Brazilians already played in the fake draw scam. In July, actress Marina Ruy Barbosa's account was hacked with posts featuring fake Apple device donations and sweepstakes of gift cards for PlayStation games and products on Amazon. The attack happened twice in a row, with a break of less than 24 hours between raids, which became a joke on Twitter. Currently the actress profile has more than 34 million followers.

Singer Nicole Scherzinger was hit by a phishing scam on Instagram Photo: Playback / InstagramSinger Nicole Scherzinger was hit by a phishing scam on Instagram Photo: Playback / Instagram

Singer Nicole Scherzinger was hit by a phishing scam on Instagram Photo: Playback / Instagram

Already the scam of sex videos works similar to the fake raffle of iPhone. However, the most sophisticated tactic in this case. While electronics promotions were announced in feed posts with text written on a black background, hackers who broke into Nicole Scherzinger and Yanet Garca's profiles made use of deepfake technology to generate photographs of nude actresses.

The fake images were posted on Instagram with warnings that the artists' sex videos would be released if followers reached a certain number of app downloads indicated in their profile biography. For Nicole Scherzinger, it took 5,000 downloads to release the clips, while the deadline for Yanet Garca was 30,000.

Stories detail advertising Yanet Garca's alleged sexual video Photo: Reproduction / Bleeping ComputerStories detail advertising Yanet Garca's alleged sexual video Photo: Reproduction / Bleeping Computer

Stories detail advertising Yanet Garca's alleged sexual video Photo: Reproduction / Bleeping Computer

How to prevent scams and data theft

The main tip to prevent your data from being stolen is to use 2-Step Verification on Instagram. The login method adds an extra layer of protection that provides access through a temporary code sent to the linked mobile number of the user account. In this way, hacking attempts are repelled simply and quickly, as criminals will not have access to the code required in the login process.

Also, it is important to have a hard password to guess so that hackers will not break into your account. Code managers allow you to create passwords with random sequences of upper or lower case letters and special characters, and save the password with encryption.

It is also vital to use common sense to avoid falling into armed traps in blows. Phishing attacks follow a pattern of "seducing" victims with must-have offers so that they deliver personal data. Read comments on suspicious posts and look for other famous social networks to find out if he has already detected that the Instagram account has been hacked. It is also important not to answer online questionnaires without knowing their origin or downloading unknown applications.

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