The security experts imagine weak passwords are the reason for these breached accounts, especially because 600m hacked passwords have appeared in 2016.
In addition to changing the bio and username, the hackers add sexually suggestive images to the feed and the profile picture, despite keeping all the images uploaded by the original account owner.
Russell was 40 and going through a divorce, so he wasn't seeking anything serious. Shortly after creating his account, he got an alert that one of them had viewed his profile. In order to see more details and contact her, he had to buy credits.
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"' Let me go ahead and put in my credit card information.'"Russell paid $100 for 1,000 credits, which he could spend on sending replies or virtual gifts. After a few months of rejection, he didn't bother to log back on Ashley Madison again.
Last July, he found out that he wasn't the only one getting the silent treatment.
The new trend sees normal Instagram accounts getting hacked, the user name, profile and bio changed, and a URL added.
The owner of the Instagram profile often learns their account has been hacked when the attacker changes the password, and an error message appears when they try to login.
In terms of advice to stop your account getting hacked, Symantec suggests using Instagram’s two-factor authentication.