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First things first; Instagram is hacked!

Millions of Instagram users across the world are suspecting about the possible hack of their Instagram account, possibly the result of so-called spam bot attack. In the last few hours, the number of complaints is rising as people are not able to log in again into their accounts after been logged out unintentionally. The situation is becoming more concerning as a sizable number of Instagram users are also complaining about their avatar being changed to animated characters from Disney or Pixar, or the email ID is being replaced with some Russian ID.

For many Instagram users the situation is more severe as they complaining their username and telephone number are also changed too. All the attempts to reset their password are resulting in failed attempts as they discovered that recovery email ID is also changed.

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Instagram Hacked: Million Of Users In Panic Mode

Experts believe the main objective of hackers is to use these compromised accounts either as spam bots or future attacks as there is no report of deleted photos from any account or any other type of suspicious activity triggered via these accounts.

The company has responded in a blog post and assured its users for every possible action to secure their personal data.

“We are aware that some people are having difficulty accessing their Instagram accounts. We have dedicated teams helping people to secure their accounts. If you have reached out to us about your account, you will hear back from our team soon,” Instagram writes.

It is not immediately known how hackers gained access to these compromised accounts. However, it is believed that the hackers used login credentials for Instagram that had been stolen during other large data breaches over the past few years.

The latest incident of Instagram hacking could also be the result of weak password or the absence of 2FA (Two Factor Authentication). But this much is clear: you should change your Instagram password to something strong and distinct. Crucially, it should be different from other passwords you use elsewhere on the internet.

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For additional security, enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on your Instagram account. And if you ever receive an email alert that this has been disabled, try to lock down the account right away.

Instagram has over 1 billion monthly active users worldwide. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing network gained immense popularity in the recent years, especially after getting acquired by Facebook.

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