Let me set the scene. It was a regular Saturday evening and I was lounging about getting ready to head out with friends later that night. I had been chatting with one of my friends when she messaged asking if there was something wrong with my Instagram account. I immediately panicked and went to look and sure enough, I had been kicked out of the Instagram app on my phone and my password didn’t appear to be working when I logged in with my username @Bec_Boop. This is because within the short space of a few minutes the hacker had changed the name on my Instagram account to @dihackbro, she sent me a screenshot of this and I jumped straight on to my laptop to try to log in frantically.
If you’ve never heard of Instagram, you’ve been living somewhere other than Earth the past few years.
More than 700 million people are using Instagram to visually capture and share moments like this.
With so many people using Instagram to share such personal data, it’s no wonder hackers are interested in gaining control of Instagram user accounts.