Every Instagram user has warned about dangerous DMs infiltrating your account

IF YOUR Instagram account is close to your heart, beware because scammers want to get it in your pocket too.

The latest scam shows scammers DM users for fake copyright infringement related to photos on their accounts.

Hackers tell victims they can get their accounts back - for a price

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Hackers tell victims they can get their accounts back – for a priceCredit: SecureWorks

They were threatened with suspension unless they filled out the form.

Except for its unreliable appearance, it sends people to a dodgy website made to look like a real Instagram page.

At this point, it will ask you to log in, which is where the victim’s headache starts.

Since this is a bogus page, hackers can copy that information to log into your Instagram account and hold it for ransom.

The culprit moves fast, changing your password so you can’t re-enter unless you pay.

While this is a serious issue that can affect anyone, experts from SecureWorks say the scammers mainly target influencers, large companies and those with a large following. big track.

This is because their Instagram account is more precious to them, in many cases the way they make a living, so they are more likely to pay desperately.

While normal folk might be a bit confused but will probably just report the account and set up a new one.

After the scammer gained access to an account, they unashamedly released the victim’s bio: “This Instagram account is kept for resale to its owner.”

Below is usually a domain name or WhatsApp phone number for this person to contact and negotiate a ransom.

Experts believe that the malicious campaign is being run by a group called pharabenfarway based in Turkey and started around August 2021.

While it’s not clear how much they’re asking, researchers have seen compromised Instagram accounts advertised for up to $40,000 / £29,600, so it doesn’t seem likely that getting it back won’t be cheap. .

Although the takeover of social media accounts may seem trivial, threat actors can gain access to email accounts or other company resources if passwords are used, the experts warn. reuse,” warn experts.

“Also, threat actors can abuse hijacked accounts to damage an organization’s brand as further leverage to receive ransom.”

The compromised Instagram account was advertised for up to $40,000 / £29,600

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The compromised Instagram account was advertised for up to $40,000 / £29,600Credit: Getty
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