The shocking news of Instagram hack has once again prompted new media users to think twice before they upload or share anything on the internet. The hackers behind the crime are said to be the same as those who hacked the Instagram account of Selena Gomez this week. It has only been a few days since the hacker allegedly posted nude pictures of her ex- boyfriend, Justin Bieber to all of her followers, sending shock waves to every Instagram user.
On August 30th Instagram authorities told that the hacking was limited to verified accounts only. However, they have admitted that even non-verified accounts have been hacked too. According to reports, around 6 million users have fallen prey to the hack including actors, sportsmen, politicians, and media houses.
Instagram is one among the most used social media apps for photo sharing and texting. You can imagine what possibly can happen if that information was sold online! People are erasing pictures and chats before they’re hacked but if you’re one among the 6 million, it’s already too late. The only thing to do now is to keep your fingers crossed and try to maximize your account security if you’re an Instagram user.
Highlights of the disaster
- A bug in the API of Instagram opened gates for the hackers.
- Selena Gomez, actor and singer who has the highest number of followers on Instagram was the first victim.
- The social media company’s authorities told on August 30th that the hacking was only limited to verified accounts which belonged to celebrities .
- But now, reports suggest that around 6 million Instagram users have been hacked including those with non-verified accounts.
- The hackers have opened a new website called “Doxagram” in the dark web which sells personal information of users they’ve hacked.
- The hackers shared samples of data on Doxagram with The daily beast
- The data included personal information like photographs, e-mail IDs, and phone numbers of verified as well as non-verified users.
- The hackers allegedly sent a list of 1000 Instagram victims with their e-mail IDs, phone numbers, or both.
- The daily beast checked and verified the e-mail IDs provided and found that each one of them was connected to an Instagram account.
How to maximize security against Instagram hack?
- Report to the Instagram Help Center if you’re experiencing any unusual activity on your account such as unauthorized posts.
- Change your password to a strong one including letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Change your password regularly.
- Turn on two-factor authentication which will require you to type an SMS security code or back up code every time you login from a new device.
- Think well before authorizing any third party app.
- Make sure that your e-mail account is safe and has a password that is strong.
- Make sure that your e-mail account, Instagram account, and other social media accounts have different passwords.
- Be careful when you login to your internet accounts through devices that can be accessed by others as well, like in a Cyber cafe or in your office.
- Do not share your passwords with anyone to stay away from Instagram hack.
- Make sure you don’t share sensitive information online for a while.
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