A group of Turkish-speaking hackers is hijacking popular Instagram profiles, including those belonging to actors and singers, and, in some cases, promising to turn back control to the victims in exchange for a ransom or nude photos and videos.
Researchers from Trend Micro say they have recently observed several incidents where the group has been using a phishing scam to take over the Instagram profiles of people with between 15,000 and 70,000 followers. They have subsequently changed the primary contact information associated with the breached accounts to lock the original owners out.
The victims have ranged from famous personalities to owners of small businesses like photo equipment rental stores, the security vendor said in a report released Thursday.
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