Instagram is looking in to reports of users having their accounts hacked

Instagram is looking in to reports of users having their accounts hacked

Reports of Instagram users having their profiles broken in to are on the rise this week. 

According to posts found on Reddit and Twitter - users have found their Instagram accounts hacked and their details changed.

It seems as though the perpetrators aren't posting things yet, but simply taking control of the base accounts by changing the contact details, name and avatar. One user reported a hack despite having two factor authentication on.

In an email to VentureBeat, Instagram stated that it is "investigating claims of some hacked Instagram accounts and will take the necessary steps to help those impacted".

According to data from Talkwalker, at least 5000 tweets regarding Instagram hacks have been posted in the last week, spanning across 899 different accounts.

From Russia, with hacks

Cases of hacked accounts could be traced consistently to a Russian domain. However, there's no evidence to confirm that all of the hacks came from the same place or person.

Instagram has published a blog post to state that they are looking in to the reports, and have advised users on what they should do to keep their accounts secure.


Danielle Partis is editor of and former editor of She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.


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