Instagram admitted that the platform is being the scene of systematic account thefts. The social network did not provide numbers, but reports on Twitter and online forums like Reddit's account of hundreds of profiles were hit, mainly from the United States. According to Talkwalker, a data analysis platform, invasions are mentioned in more than 5,000 tutes, made by 899 different accounts, in a period of just seven days. In Brazil, so far, there are few complaints registered about the problem.
Much of the hacked accounts had their information linked to an email with a Russian domain name (.ru) after the theft. It is not yet known how attackers gain access to profiles, or whether action is taken in a coordinated manner by several people.
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The cases have more or less the same structure. First, the actual owner of the profile is logged out of the account because of a password change. When trying to log in again, the victims receive the message that the username no longer exists, that is, it has been changed. The change is also made to the profile picture, email and phone associated with the account.
Occasional problems with invasions happen all the time, but the phenomenon shows a sudden increase in these actions. According to Mashable, since the beginning of the month, the official Instagram account on Twitter has been mentioned in 798 publications with the word "hack". In the same period in July, just a month ago, there were only 40 occurrences, an increase of 1,995%.
The official Instagram publication does not give any explanation as to the origin of these attacks. The Facebook application was limited to providing security guidelines, which include creating a strong password, configuring two-factor authentication, revoking access to platform apps and performing account recovery processes.
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