Instagram Hack Locking Users Out of Their Accounts

[Aug 16, 2018]

Instagram has been hit by a widespread hacking campaign that appears to stem from Russia and have affected hundreds of users over the past week, leaving them locked out of their accounts.

A growing number of Instagram users are taking to social media, including Twitter and Reddit, to report a mysterious hack which involves locking them out of their account with their email addresses changed to .ru domains.

According to victims, their account names, profile pictures, passwords, email addresses associated with their Instagram accounts, and even connected Facebook accounts are being changed in the attack.

The hack even affected Instagram users with two-factor authentication (2FA) enabled.

In response to the report, Instagram published a blog post saying that the company continues to investigate the issue and that it has “dedicated teams helping people to secure their accounts.”

Cyber Security Tips:

The company advises Instagram users to keep:

  • A Secure Password with at least six numbers and/or letters.
  • Enable 2FA for additional security.
  • To revoke any suspicious third-party app that might have access to their accounts.


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