Cyber criminals targeting Instagram users – what you need to know to stay safe
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Cyber criminals targeting Instagram users – what you need to know to stay safe

Cyber criminals are now targeting Instagram users in their latest scams which are aimed at getting users to share their account details and personal information. This time, these scammers are using scare tactics to make people believe they have breached copyright laws with their account which is at risk of suspension. Users assuming this is a legitimate warning from Instagram are clicking through to find out what they’ve done wrong and to work out how to unlock their accounts. But, in the process, they are inadvertently handing over their details. “The crooks are tapping into a concern that many of us have – falling foul of copyright law. Lots of us innocently post and repost photos, GIFs, video clips and screenshots that we find amusing, informative, scary, and so forth,” says Paul Ducklin, senior security advisor at Sophos. “But even if we’re only ever posting photos that we took ourselves, we may occasionally find ourselves asked either to demonstrate our entitlement to use them, or to risk getting shut out of our account” Last month, scammers will also falsely notified Instagram users that their accounts had been compromised and that is can be reclaimed with a two-factor authentication code. […]

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