There Appears To Be A Mass Attack On Instagram In Progress

A number of people have reported having their Instagram accounts hacked this month, Mashable reports, and many of these hacks appear to have taken the same approach:

Users suddenly find themselves logged out of their accounts and when they try to log back in, they discover that their handle, profile image, contact info and bios have all been changed. Often the profile image has been changed to a Disney or Pixar character and the email address connected to the account is changed to one with a .ru Russian domain, according to Mashable. Some even had their two-factor authentication turned off by hackers. A handful of Instagram users reported the same details to Mashable as have hundreds of others who have taken to Twitter and Reddit to report hacks of their accounts.

It clearly sounds like Instagram has a serious problem on their hands if the hackers can get in and do things like turn of two factor authentication. So far, Instagram has only said the usual “we take our users security seriously” sorts of things, but so far there’s nothing from them as to how this is happening and what they are doing to stop it. Thus I would suggest that Instagram needs to step up its game right now. In the meantime, with no details on how this is happening, there’s nothing that I can suggest to help you to protect yourself.

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