Hacked Instagram accounts lure users to scam websites by serving porn links

If you suddenly start seeing porn links on your Instagram page, take a deep breath. You have been hacked! Hackers are infiltrating Instagram accounts and altering profiles to contain pornographic imagery that links to adult websites, security firm Symantec has found.

 

The researchers from Symantec found that hacked Instagram accounts had sexual images, different profile biography, image and name, and new photos uploaded. Further the click bait nude images ask Instagram users  to visit the link in a person’s profile which is a shortened URL to a website.

 

The attackers change the Instagram account’s passwords. Symantec notes that accounts remain in the same state even after months, indicating that owners may have created new accounts since.

One of the most common method the scammer is using is sending the Instagram users to a malicious website containing a paid survey. The survey page promises the Instagram user a wealth of porn images by completing the survey. While some users are directed to a website that offers “quick sex” rather than dating, Symantec said.

The page only appears on mobile browser. On desktop, a user is directed to a random Facebook user profile.

Once a user completes the survey, they are sent to an adult dating website and asked to sign up. Scammers are rewarded with a fee for each person that signs up.

The researchers said that they did not know how the Instagram accounts were compromised but that it is likely due to weak passwords and the use of one password across many sites.

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