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Instagram Tests New Anti-Hacker Weaponry

Paul Rubens - June 17, 2019 - 08:20 AM
Instagram Tests New Anti-Hacker Weaponry
Users who find that their Instagram account has been hacked will be able to recover the account more easily.

(CCM) — Instagram is preparing to launch a new salvo in its war with hackers who take over users' accounts by introducing a range of new account protection and recovery systems.

The move follows reports of hackers holding high-profile Instagram accounts to ransom, according to a Vice report.

If a user finds themselves unable to log in to their account because it has been hacked and the password changed, then they will be able to enter the email address or phone number linked to their account or the ones used when they originally signed up to Instagram, according to the report. They will then be sent a six digit recovery code allowing them to regain access to their account.

A potential problem with this approach is that a hacker could also have hacked the user's email address or even their phone number, but Instagram claims to have solved this problem. "When you re-gain access to your account, we will take additional measures to ensure a hacker cannot use codes sent to your email address [or] phone number to access your account from a different device," a company spokesperson said in the report.

This process will even work when a hacker has changed the account's username, the spokesperson added.

The company is also introducing a delay period after a hacked account's username has been changed, to prevent hackers from hacking accounts with sought-after usernames, changing the user name, and then claiming the original one for themselves before the rightful owner of the username is aware of what has happened.

Instagram was in the news recently after the contact details of millions of Instagram celebrities and influencers was found in a huge open database hosted in the cloud.

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